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Br J Nurs. 2004 Mar;13(6 Suppl):S6-19.

A review of the use of silver in wound care: facts and fallacies.

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Imperial College London, London, England, UK.

Abstract

This review traces the use of silver in wound care, discussing its merits as an antibacterial agent and constituent of many new dressings, which are increasingly tailored to the treatment of wounds ranging from acute surgical lesions to chronic and diabetic leg ulcers. Misconceptions regarding the biological properties of silver, its possible physiological value in the human body and wound bed, absorption through the skin, and safety factors are addressed. The article aims to present silver and the new range of sustained silver-release dressings as important features in the management of skin wounds, providing effective control of wound infections while ensuring patient comfort and quality of life.

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