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Why Silver in Wound Care: Separating Fact from Fiction

Why Silver in Wound Care: Separating Fact from Fiction

This presentation was previously presented at the SAWC Virtual event.Wound infection and biofilm continue to emerge as causes of wound chronicity. Innovative technologies that break down the complex microbial communities inherent in these wounds are an important consideration in the treatment plan. Advanced antimicrobial wound dressings play a key role in managing wound exudate and optimizing the wound healing environment. Ionic silver exhibits antimicrobial activity against a broad range of microorganisms. Silver has multiple sites of antimicrobial action on the target cells within the wound bed. This antimicrobial activity supports silver’s important role in controlling bioburden in wounds, while potentially limiting the need for antibiotics and reducing the risk of development of antibiotic resistance. Although silver has been used as a topical antimicrobial agent in wound care for hundreds of years, clinicians continue to be unclear about the element’s mode of action and the various forms of silver available within wound dressings. This program will review the history of silver’s use in wound care, its mode of action, and the various formulations of silver available in antimicrobial wound dressings.

David Parsons, PhD, FRSC, CChem

George J. Koullias, MD PhD
Division of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, Stony Brook University Hospital and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Stony Brook School of Medicine


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