Acticoat™ : A cost-effective and evidence-based dressing strategy [Letter to the Editor]

Cuttle, Leila, Mill, Julie, & Kimble, Roy (2008) Acticoat™ : A cost-effective and evidence-based dressing strategy [Letter to the Editor]. Burns, 34(4), pp. 578-579.

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Abstract

We thank Dr. Burd et al. for taking an interest in our paper [1]. The retrospective cohort study was performed and published for two reasons. Firstly, we wished to compare and contrast the use of Acticoat™ and Silvazine™, and secondly we wished to demonstrate how one's practice can be dramatically altered by a change in dressing used. We found that Acticoat™ was safe and easy to use, caused less trauma to patients, required less frequent dressing changes and enabled treatment to be conducted on an outpatient, rather than an inpatient basis. During the period of Acticoat™ treatment we also saw a dramatic reduction in grafting requirements and also in the need for long-term scar management. Burd et al. correctly state that silver-based dressings are now more widely available, however many burn centres in the world continue to use silver sulphadiazine with daily baths. We therefore feel that a comparison is very relevant and useful. Prospective, randomised clinical trials of a range of silver-based dressings would indeed be useful, and hopefully Dr. Burd and colleagues will take up their own suggestion and perform these studies...

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ID Code: 67878
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2007.10.012
ISSN: 0305-4179
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Burns. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Burns, [VOL 34, ISSUE 4, (2008)] DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2007.10.012
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2014 04:26
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2014 01:46

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