Role of Silver Dressings in Wound Care

Wounds are highly susceptible to infection. These cuts and punctures can easily be affected by bacteria originating from either the normal flora of the body or the environment. Thus reducing the risk of infection as much as possible is required, and silver dressings have been proven to play a significant role in wound treatment.

How silver dressings aid in wound care

Silver is a widely known antimicrobial and antibacterial agent. It has been used to control infections since ancient times, showing biological activity when dispersed into a monoatomic ionic state.

According to research, silver has three mechanisms by which it acts on microbes:

  1. Positively charged silver ions form pores and puncture the bacterial cell wall
  2. Silver ions enter the bacterial cell, preventing it from producing energy and disrupting its metabolic pathways
  3. Silver ions disrupt bacterial DNA and prevent it from replicating

As a result, silver dressings can help:

  • Provide a broad range of antimicrobial activities
  • Reduce or prevent infection
  • Alter metalloproteinases within the wound, minimising overproduction that causes inflammation or slows down the healing process

Silver wound dressings may be used as primary or secondary dressings, depending on the type of wound. In addition, they must be combined with other wound care protocols, such as patient assessment, management of comorbidities, and appropriate wound bed preparation. This helps further prevent the risk of infection.

For instance, the ACTISORB® Silver 220 dressing contains silver and activated charcoal, designed to protect wounds from infection while trapping wound odour. Meanwhile, the Urgosorb® Ag/Silver dressing is composed of calcium alginate fibres, hydrocolloid, and silver particles, allowing it to form a gel upon contact with a wound and treat moderate to heavily exuding infections.

Other types of wounds often treated with silver wound dressings include:

  • Burns
  • Chronic wounds
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Leg ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Surgical wounds

Antimicrobial dressings should be used for an initial period of two weeks before conducting wound assessment to provide further wound management.

Are you looking for wound care products in the UK? Purchase silver dressings manufactured by MHRA-licenced wholesalers to ensure their effectiveness and quality!

About The Author:

Wound-Care is a healthcare firm located in the UK that specialises in the distribution of wound-care products. All of our dressings come from MHRA-approved suppliers in the UK. We ship to hospitals and health clinics all around the world.

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