Dressings for superficial and partial thickness burns

Added April 18, 2013

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Despite some potentially positive findings, the evidence, which largely derives from trials with methodological shortcomings, is of limited usefulness in aiding clinicians in choosing suitable treatments.

An acute burn wound is a complex and evolving injury. Extensive burns produce, in addition to local tissue damage, systemic consequences. Treatment of partial thickness burn wounds is directed towards promoting healing, and a wide variety of dressings is currently available. Improvements in technology and advances in understanding of wound healing have driven the development of new dressings. Dressing selection should be based on effects of healing, but ease of application and removal, dressing change requirements, cost and patient comfort should also be considered. This review assesses the effects of burn wound dressings for superficial and partial thickness burns.