“Do you use Acetic Acid in your workplace for infected wounds? As we know the use of acetic acid in clinical settings has been limited due to concerns of patient tolerability. The research findings that Acetic Acid is effective at far lower concentrations than previously thought offers hope for the development of new wound infection treatments.
“Researchers from the University of Birmingham and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC) investigated the antibacterial activity of acetic acid against key burn wound colonising organisms growing both planktonically and as biofilms.29 isolates of common wound-infecting pathogens including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Enterobacter spp. were grown in the laboratory.”
The enclosed article demonstrates that low concentrations of acetic acid “can be used to treat biofilms, and therefore could be used as alternatives to topical (surface applied) antimicrobials and traditional antimicrobial dressings for preventing bacterial colonisation of burns”. The article identifies that “Acetic acid is used (on a case-by-case basis) in our burns unit at a concentration of 2.5% and has been anecdotally observed to reduce bacterial loads whilst being well tolerated by patients. This study provides evidence that acetic acid can inhibit growth of key burn wound pathogens when used at very dilute concentrations. The researchers confirmed that “low concentrations of acetic acid (0.16-0.3%) were shown to inhibit growth of all strains, prevent them from forming biofilms (bacteria attached to a surface) and also to eradicate mature biofilms for all isolates after three hours of exposure.”
This study demonstrates that AA is a potential alternative to antibiotics and traditional antimicrobial dressings for preventing colonisation of burns, and may have a role in the management of burns in both developed and especially developing countries. Although currently the use of AA in the clinical setting is limited owing to factors including concerns of tolerability and toxicity, we have shown that AA is effective at far lower concentrations than previously reported.
Owing to current concerns of the reducing efficacy of systemic antibiotics, “Acetic Acid may offer a cheap and effective measure to treat infections in burns patients .Highly diluted acetic acid, an active ingredient of household vinegar, has been shown to be an effective alternative agent to prevent infection and kill bacteria found in burn wounds.”