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Dakin’s Solution: Past, Present, and Future

Levine, Jeffrey M. MD

doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000432051.59348.cd
Features: Literature Review

ABSTRACT: Dakin’s solution has been used for almost a century. It is a dilute solution of sodium hypochlorite, which is commonly known as household bleach. When properly applied, it can kill pathogenic microorganisms with minimum cytotoxicity. This article reviews its history and discusses how evolving technology might pave the way for a new role for this antiseptic.

The author presents the history of Dakin’s solution and discusses how evolving technology might pave the way for a new role for this antiseptic.

Jeffrey M. Levine, MD, is an Attending Physician, Center for Advanced Wound Care, Beth Israel Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, New York. Dr Levine has disclosed he has no financial relationships related to this article.

Acknowledgment: The author thanks Arlene Shaner, acting curator and reference librarian for historical collections at the New York Academy of Medicine, for providing critical assistance with the references for this article.

Submitted November 10, 2012; accepted November 28, 2012.

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