What is the role of topical antibiotics in the treatment of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Antibiotic creams such as silver sulfadiazine may be applied to wounds to decrease bacterial load. Silver sulfadiazine has an excellent antimicrobial spectrum of activity, low toxicity, ease of application, and minimal pain. It inhibits DNA replication and modification of the cell membrane of Staphylococcus aureus; Escherichia coli; Candida albicans; Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, and Proteus species; and Enterobacteriaceae.


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