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Silver-coated nylon dressings for pediatric burn victims.

Borsuk, Daniel E; Gallant, Michel; Richard, Diane; Williams, H Bruce.
Can J Plast Surg; 15(1): 29-31, 2007.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-19554127

BACKGROUND:

Silver dressings are a proven method for burn treatment. Current challenges associated with burn treatment include pain management and limited hospital resources. A new silver-coated nylon dressing was used at the Montreal Children's Hospital (Montreal, Quebec) to help reduce traumatic dressing changes and cost.

METHODS:

Burn victims in a pediatric patient population were followed over two years. Patients were excluded if they were evaluated more than 48 h postburn or if the burn affected less than 5% of the total body surface area. The same burn team admitted and treated all case subjects, and one dressing nurse recorded and monitored all progress throughout the study to ensure standardization.

RESULTS:

Fifteen patients were included in the study. The average number of dressing changes needed was 4.13, with a median of three changes. The average total body surface area burned was 8%, with a mean of 13.9 days before superficial wounds were re-epithelialized. The average length of in-hospital stay was four days. The cost was $388 less for silver-coated nylon dressings than for silver sulfadiazine cream for seven days of treatment. Silver-coated nylon dressings did not leave any residue or pseudoeschar on the wounds and were easily maintained at home.

CONCLUSION:

The silver-coated nylon dressings are as effective as other silver dressings used for pediatric burn victims. The dressings are less traumatic, require fewer resources and do not leave wound residue compared with other dressings.
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