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J Perinatol. 2010 May;30(5):337-42. doi: 10.1038/jp.2009.169. Epub 2009 Nov 26.

A randomized controlled evaluation of absorption of silver with the use of silver alginate (Algidex) patches in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants with central lines.

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Department of Neonatology, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75246, USA. AsifK@baylorhealth.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To measure systemic silver absorption when using silver-impregnated alginate central catheter dressings in very low birth weight (VLBW) neonates and to monitor blood stream infection.

STUDY DESIGN:

Fifty infants were enrolled in a prospective, randomized controlled trial lasting 28 days. Each patient was assigned to standard dressing or silver alginate (Algidex) group. Serum silver concentrations were obtained on day 1, 7, and 28.

RESULT:

Significant differences in mean serum silver concentrations for the treatment versus standard dressing group were observed using student's t-test analysis. The silver alginate group had a 45.8% reduction in infection/1000 line days, although too few patients were enrolled to draw meaningful efficacy conclusions about prevention of blood stream infection.

CONCLUSION:

Mean serum silver concentrations in the treatment group were significantly higher than controls although below levels anticipated to result in toxicity. A large study evaluating reduced blood stream infections in VLBW infants is warranted.

PMID:
19940856
DOI:
10.1038/jp.2009.169
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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