HydroClean® plus

Part of the HydroTherapy concept - simple & effective wound treatment

HydroClean® plus - Spread the word, not the biofilm

In an in vitro lab study,HydroClean®pluswas found to effectively disrupt biofilm and sequester the bacteria in to the dressing. Debrisoft®was found to spread bacteria across the wound bed.5

Debrisoft®is a registered trademark of Lohmann & Rauscher International GmbH & Co

What are biofilms?

Biofilms are complex microbial communities containing bacteria and fungi. The microorganisms synthesise and secrete a protective matrix that attaches the biofilm firmly to a living or non-living surface1.

At the most basic level a biofilm can be described as bacteria embedded in a thick, slimy barrier of sugars and proteins. The biofilm barrier protects the microorganisms from external threats6.

Biofilms are found in wounds and it is likely that almost all chronic wounds have biofilm communities covering at least part of the wound bed6. They are difficult to treat due to the protective nature of the slimy barrier, also known as extracellular polymeric substance7

Biofilm-based wound care is a proactive approach using a combination strategy based on elements of wound bed preparation and aims to:
• reduce the biofilm burden
• prevent reconstitution of the biofilm.6

Recontamination of the wound bed is reduced when HydroClean plus is used in place of mechanical debridement with a pad.5

Step One: Promotes Healing

  • HydroClean plus promotes healing9
  • HydroClean plus enables Hydro-Responsive wound healing, helping damaged tissue to heal faster.

Step Two: Cleanses and Debrides

  • HydroClean plus cleanses and debrides1
  • HydroClean plus promotes the breakdown and detachment of devitalised tissue from the wound bed.

Step Three: Absorbs Exudate

  • HydroClean plus aids in the absorption and management of wound exudate10,11
  • HydroClean plus absorbs excess exudate to promote a moist wound environment and reduce the spread of bacteria10

The Glasgow Experience - 93% of investigated chronic wounds demonstrated wound progression upon treatment with a HRWD™ (Colegrave, M. et al. 2016)

Right Product | Right Wound | Right Time

The graph below is provided to demonstrate the recommended use of HydroClean plus, HydroTac and Zetuvit Plus.


  • When exudate levels are minimal
  • A great first line dressing to promote12-14and protect14

HydroClean plus

  • When Wound Bed Preparation is required
  • For rapid debridement1,3,8and reduced pain during wear time4,8,15

Zetuvit Plus or Zetuvit Plus Silicone

  • When exudate management is the main objective
  • Superabsorbent dressings are the right choice for effective exudate management9,10

For further information on HydroClean plus and product codes, please download our HydroClean plus booklet here. Alternatively, you can email us at with all enquires and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

1. Atkin L, Ousey K (2016) Wound bed preparation: a novel approach using HydroTherapy. British Journal of Community Nursing 21 (Supplt.12): S23-S28. 2. Ousey, K. and Rogers, A. (2016). Hydro-Responsive Wound Dressings simplify T.I.M.E wound management framework. British Journal of Community Nursing 21 (Supplt. 12). 3. Ousey, K. et al. (2016). HydroTherapy Made Easy. London: Wounds UK. Available from: 4. Spruce P, Bullough L, Johnson S, O’Brien D (2016) Introducing HydroClean® plus for wound-bed preparation: a case series. Wounds International 7(1): 26-32. 5. Sellars et al (2017) An assessment of debridement tools to disrupt biofilms and the ability of an Autolytic Dressing to minimise spreading of bacteria across the wound. Poster presented at Wounds UK. Harrogate, UK. 6. Phillips, PL. Wolcott, RD. Fletcher, J. Schultz, GS. (2010) Biofilms made easy. Vol 1 Issue 3 Wounds International available via 7. Sutherland, I. (2001) Biofilm expolysaccharides a strong and sticky framework. Microbiology 2001; 147(Pt1):3-9. 8. Bullough, L., Johnson, S. and O’Brien, D. (2016). A Multi-Centre 15 patient evaluation of a Hydro-Responsive Wound Dressing (HRWD®) – HydroClean® plus. HydroTherapy Symposium: A New Perspective on Wound Cleansing, Debridement and Healing. London, 3 March, 2016’. 9. Ousey, K et al (2016) The importance of hydration in wound healing: re-invigorating the clinical perspective. JournOusey K, Rogers AA, Rippon MG (2016) HydroClean® plus: a new perspective to wound cleansing and debridement. Wounds UK 12(1): of Wound Care Vol 25, Issue 3. 10. Ousey K, Rogers AA, Rippon MG (2016) HydroClean® plus: a new perspective to wound cleansing and debridement. 11. Humbert P.,et al. on behalf of the CLEANSITE study group. Protease-modulating polyacrylate-based hydrogel stimulates wound bed preparation in venous leg ulcers – a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 2014; 28:12, 1742-50s UK 12(1): 94-104. 12. Smola H, Zöllner P, Ellermann J, Kaspar D (2016) From material science to clinical application – a novel foam dressing for the treatment of granulating wounds. Presented at HydroTherapy. A new perspective on wound cleansing, debridement and healing, London, UK. 13. Smola H (2016) Simplified treatment options require high-performance dressings – from molecular mechanisms to intelligent dressing choices. Presented at EWMA, Bremen, Germany. 14. Bullough, L. et al. (2016). A multi-centre 15 patient evaluation of HydroTac® Comfort dressing. HydroTherapy Symposium: A New Perspective on Wound Cleansing, Debridement and Healing. London, 3 March, 2016. 15. Colegrave, M. et al. (2016). The effect of Ringer’s solution within a dressing to elicit pain relief. Journal of Wound Care 25(4), pp. 184-190. 16. Data on file. SMTL Report No: 17/5370/1. 17. Barrett et al (2018) A 50 patient observational clinical study of a superabsorbent dressing: effective exudate management with Zetuvit Plus Silicone. In press acceptedforpublication Journal of Wound Care Vol 27, issue 4. 18. 8. Dowsett, C. Newton, H. (2005) Wound Bed Preparation: TIME in practice. Clinical practice development document, Wounds UK.