FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is silver used in wound care?
Known for its antibacterial properties, silver is commonly used in a variety of medical applications, most commonly, wound care. Silver wound dressings slowly release a steady stream of positively charged ions at the surface of the wound. This positive action promotes wound healing and prevents infection in the wound. Silver dressings can also help to prevent scarring by quickly healing the outermost layer of the skin. The key to the healing power of silver is that it must be released slowly and steadily. Using products that offer a controlled release of silver ions will maximize the potential benefits of this type of wound dressing.
When would I use silver alginate wound dressings?
A silver antimicrobial alginate dressing may be used in a variety of situations. They can be used to help speed the healing of bedsores, diabetic foot ulcers, cavity wounds, venous leg ulcers, post-operative wounds such as incisions, trauma wounds, and burns. They are also frequently used for chronic wounds and acute wounds, or even wounds that are already infected. Silver alginate dressings are very strong, water-resistant, and powerful, yet delicate enough to help reduce trauma to a delicate injury. Touching sensitive wounds can be extremely painful. A silver antimicrobial alginate dressing can reduce pain by speeding up the healing of the outer layer of skin.
What exactly are silver dressings?
A silver dressing is a wound dressing infused with ionic silver. When applied to a wound, it can speed healing, reduce pain, and help skin repair itself on the surface more quickly than other types of dressings. Another amazing benefit to a silver wound dressing is that it is antimicrobial. An infection getting into a cut or incision can slow down healing or even lead to more serious health consequences ranging from discomfort and swelling to sepsis. To keep a wound from getting infected, it’s important to keep bacteria at bay. Silver dressings can prevent bacteria and microbes from penetrating the wound.
What other types of silver wound products are available?
Silver non-adhesive pad dressings are another type of silver wound care product often used over a traditional dressing. Once in place and secured with gauze wrap or a stockinette, silver pad dressings protect the dressing and underlying injury from microbial contamination, reduce pain and discomfort, and create an optimal healing environment. Silver wound gel is another silver wound product used to hydrate wounds, speed healing, and prevent bacterial contamination with a controlled release of ionic silver.
Another option for small cuts and incisions is silver adhesive strips. This type of wound dressing provides the same benefits as other silver dressings but is made for much smaller injuries. Antimicrobial fenestrated disks, used for catheter systems, are the only dressing proven to reduce the risk of developing Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI). Another product known as a negative pressure dressing is ideal for lacerations, abrasions, and burns. This type of wound dressing can be left in place for several days, minimizing the trauma of dressing changes.
Is there a difference between silver alginate dressing and silver antimicrobial dressing?
A silver antimicrobial alginate dressing is effective on acute and chronic wounds that have been previously infected and have even proven effective against microorganisms in vitro. A silver antimicrobial dressing also offers antimicrobial properties but is more absorbent than a silver antimicrobial alginate dressing. If a wound or incision is still oozing fluids, it may be best to use a more absorbent dressing. Just be sure to change the dressing when it is completely soiled to protect both the wound and the surrounding skin.
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