What is the role of Acticoat barrier dressings in the treatment of necrotizing fasciitis?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: Steven A Schulz, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The Acticoat brand of barrier dressings provides the beneficial antimicrobial properties of the silver ion by coating the dressing material with a thin, soluble silver film. This dressing appears to maintain antibacterial levels of silver ions in the wound for up to 5 days. Because Acticoat can remain on the wound for up to 5 days, the patient is spared the pain and expense associated with the dressing changes. Additional studies are now under way to determine the ultimate benefit of this product.


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