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Type: Journal article
Title: Silver dressings versus other dressings for chronic wounds in a community care setting
Author: Wang, J.
Smith, J.
Babidge, W.
Maddern, G.
Citation: Journal of Wound Care, 2007; 16(8):352-356
Publisher: Emap Healthcare Ltd.
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0969-0700
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J Wang, J Smith, W Babidge, G Maddern
Abstract: <h4>Objective</h4>To assess differences in effectiveness between silver dressings and other types of dressings in chronic wound management in the community setting.<h4>Method</h4>The study used client data retrospectively collected as part of routine care management. The cohort comprised 2687 clients who received 3716 episodes of care between September 2005 and January 2006. Outcome measures were the length of time for which clients received care from community nurses for each wound and the number of visits required.<h4>Results</h4>The median number of visits was statistically significantly higher for the silver-dressing users than for users of other dressings (31 versus 11, p<0.0001), while the median treatment duration was also greater (97 days versus 39 days, p<0.0001). In addition, the interval between visits was significantly shorter in the silver dressing group (p<0.001).<h4>Conclusion</h4>These results question the effectiveness of silver dressing materials in the management of chronic wounds in a community care setting. However, these results need to be substantiated by prospective randomised controlled clinical trials to produce more reliable evidence.
Keywords: Humans
Wounds and Injuries
Chronic Disease
Silver Compounds
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Treatment Outcome
Skin Care
Length of Stay
Retrospective Studies
Time and Motion Studies
Nursing Administration Research
Nursing Evaluation Research
Community Health Nursing
Wound Healing
Aged, 80 and over
Middle Aged
Child, Preschool
South Australia
DOI: 10.12968/jowc.2007.16.8.27857
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