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Letter to the editor

Editor, – In the article 'Current concepts in wound dressings' (Aust Prescr 1996;19:11-3) by P.G. Hayward and W.A. Morrison, no mention is made of that cheap agent hydrogen peroxide in wound debridement. I find it quite useful. What do the authors think of it?

Peter C. Stephenson
General Practitioner
Narangba, Qld

Authors' comments

The authors of the article, Drs P.G. Hayward and W.A. Morrison, comment:

We too use peroxide as a cleansing agent during surgical debridement. It has the added advantage of being relatively haemostatic. However, it has limited in vivo activity against Gram positive bacteria and so other antiseptic agents are probably superior where antiseptic activity is required in the cleansing of surface wounds.