Pearls for Practice: Skin Tears: Keeping It Together
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The standard PolyMem dressing contains the same healing benefits as the silver dressing without the small-particle elemental silver. Daily dressing changes and manual cleansing continued for 2 weeks because of bleeding and slough. Once the wound bed was clean and bleeding abated, dressing changes gradually decreased to every 5 days. No manual cleansing was required; PolyMem dressings contain a built-in wound cleaner that continually cleanses the wound bed.
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2. Burd AB, Kwok CH, Hung SC, et al. A comparative study of the cytotoxicity of silver-based dressings in monolayer cell, tissue explant, and animal models. Wound Repair Reg. 2007;15(1):94–104.
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