Topical silver for treating infected wounds

Added April 22, 2013

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There is insufficient evidence to recommend the use of silver-containing dressings or topical agents for treatment of infected or contaminated chronic wounds.

Topical silver treatments and silver dressings are increasingly used for the local treatment of contaminated or infected wounds; however, there is a lack of clarity regarding the evidence for their effectiveness. This review assesses the effects on wound healing of topical silver and silver dressings in the treatment of contaminated and infected acute or chronic wounds.