What Are Silver Dressings Used For?

What does silver dressing do?

“The aim of treatment with silver dressings is to reduce wound bioburden, treat local infection, and prevent systemic spread: their main purpose is not to promote wound healing directly..

When should you not use silver dressing?

If the signs and symptoms of wound infection are no longer present, the silver dressing should be discontinued (International Consensus Group, 2012). If there is no improvement, the silver dressing should be discontinued and the treatment regimen reassessed (International Consensus Group, 2012).

Why does silver help heal wounds?

Ovington explains that silver impregnated products, which provide a sustained release of positively charged silver ions at the wound surface, can promote wound healing and decrease infection by killing bacteria.

How do you apply silver dressing?

For all other wounds:Remove the ACTICOAT dressing from package and cut to shape.Moisten the dressing with sterile water (do not use saline).Allow the dressing to drain on an absorbent surface in a sterile field for at least 2 minutes.Apply the ACTICOAT 7 dressing to the wound surface, either side down.More items…

How long can you use silver dressings?

It is recommended that silver dressings are used for 2 weeks in the first instance to assess effectiveness for the patient and wound. After 2 weeks, reassess the wound. If there are still signs of infection, continue and reassess every 2 weeks, documenting outcome and decision to continue.

Does Silver promote healing?

Background: Due to its strong antimicrobial activity, silver is a commonly used adjunct in wound care. However, it also has the potential to impair healing by exerting toxic effects on keratinocytes and fibroblasts.