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Wound dressings inhibit microorganism growth

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US researchers have identified the microorganisms that wound dressings impregnated with silver are most effective against.

They assessed the antimicrobial efficacy of a silver alginate dressing against 115 wound isolates and found it was able to inhibit the growth of all microorganisms tested.

In particular, it inhibited the growth of Candida albicans and yeasts, while all MRSA strains were found to be sensitive, they said in the International Wound Journal.

The bacteria demonstrating the highest tolerance to silver included Enterobacter cloacae and Acinetobacter baumannii.

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  • Richard White

    This is certainly not new information. We have been aware for many years that silver-containing dressings have a broad spectrum activity against wound pathogens such as bacteria, fungi and yeasts. This article extols the virtue of another of the many dressings available to do this. The 'big issue' is not which dressings are commercially available, rather, which dressings are on formulary and thus available for clinical use!!!

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  • I fully agree with Richard comments. We currently have a mulitude of dressings that contain silver ,in various forms, that have been proven to be effective against bacteria, fungi and yeasts. This is not new information. What is more intresting and useful, is which ,if any ,are the most cost-effective and in which wounds / environments they deliver improved patient outcomes.

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