Aug 30, 2001

The use of silver coated dressings on donor site wounds: a prospective, controlled matched pair study

Burns : Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
M E InnesR C Cartotto


Acticoat, a new silver-coated dressing, produces a moist healing environment along with the sustained release of ionic silver for improved microbial control. These properties suggest that Acticoat might be a useful donor site dressing. However, there are no human studies which assess Acticoat for this use. The purpose of this study was to compare the healing of human skin graft donor sites dressed with Acticoat, to the healing of those dressed with Allevyn, an occlusive moist-healing environment material, which is our standard donor site dressing. In burn patients who had undergone burn excision and grafting, identical side-by-side split thickness donor site wound pairs were dressed with Allevyn and Acticoat. Re-epithelialization was directly assessed daily by a single observer from post-operative day 6 onward, and by four independent observers who rated the extent of re-epithelialization by viewing standardized digital images of the wounds that had been obtained on post-operative days 6, 8, 10,and 12. Donor sites were swabbed for bacterial culture on days 3, 6, and 9. Subsequently, each study donor site scar was rated by a blinded observer using the Vancouver Scar Scale at 1, 2, and 3 months. Sixteen paired sites in 15 patient...Continue Reading

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