Topical silver for preventing wound infection

Added April 22, 2013

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There is insufficient evidence to establish whether silver-containing dressings or topical agents promote wound healing or prevent wound infection; some poor quality evidence for silver sulphadiazine suggests the opposite.

Silver-containing treatments are popular and used in wound treatments to combat a broad spectrum of pathogens, but evidence of their effectiveness in preventing wound infection or promoting healing has been lacking. This review evaluates the effects of silver-containing wound dressings and topical agents in preventing wound infection and healing of wounds.