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Dakin's solution

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Highly diluted, neutral antiseptic solution for cleansing wounds. Consists of sodium hypochlorite (0,45 % to 0,5 %) and boric acid (4 %). Its solvent action on dead cells hastens the separation of dead from living tissue. The solution is unstable and cannot be stored more than a few days. Developed during World War I.


  • H. D. Dakin:
    On the use of certain antiseptic substances in the treatment of infected wounds.
    British Medical Journal, London, 1915, 2: 318-320.
  • Journal of the American Medical Association, Chicago, 1917; 69: 27.
  • British Medical Journal, London, 1918, I: 51.

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