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What is a silver dressing?

Silver dressings are antimicrobial dressings.  They are used to prevent or manage infection in a wide range of wounds

The silver component in the dressing can appear in different forms:

  • as a coating on the outside of the dressing;
  • within the dressing structure (e.g. as a compound that forms a part of the dressing structure); or
  • as a combination of these forms.1
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How to use silver dressings

How to use silver dressings

When you’re treating an infected wound, international best practice recommends using the ‘clean and cover’ approach.2 This approach involves two steps:

  1. Cleanse and debride the wound. This will remove some, but not all, of the biofilm. It also creates a window of opportunity for the antimicrobials to act effectively.
  2. Cover the wound with an antimicrobial (e.g. silver) dressing.3
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What are the benefits of silver dressings?

What are the benefits of silver dressings?

A 2017 meta-analysis of clinical evidence found that using silver to treat infected wounds resulted in:

  • better wound healing;
  • improved quality of life; and
  • good cost-effectiveness.1

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