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Expensive silver wound dressings should be shelved

15th April 2010

The Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin has said the use of expensive silver wound dressings should be shelved until the evidence suggests otherwise, following a review on the evidence of their effectiveness.

Among them are many silver-releasing dressings, which were originally developed to curb infection in wounds that are difficult to heal and widespread burns. In 2006/07 they cost the NHS £25 million, yet the clinical evidence that such dressings work is thin, and certainly not enough to prove they work any better than conventional and considerably cheaper dressings.

 

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