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1 January 2007

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“Acticoat* (with SILCRYST™ Nanocrystals) Dressings offer powerful antimicrobial barrier protection. Only Acticoat maintains safe bactericidal concentrations of silver with patented nanocrystalline technology.” "The Silver coated HDPE (high density polyethylene) layers are designed to be barriers against microbial infection of a wound. ACTICOAT◊ 7 helps protect the wound site from bacterial contamination." "ACTICOAT◊ is a highly conformable silver antimicrobial barrier dressing which remains effective for 3 days. The Nanocrystalline† coating of silver rapidly kills a broad spectrum of bacteria in as little as 30mins and protects the wound site from bacterial contamination while the inner core helps maintain moist wound environment."

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Acticoat™ (Smith & Nephew, Hull, UK) is a relatively new form of silver antimicrobial barrier dressing which helps avoid the problems of earlier agents. It has rapid and sustained bactericidal activity, and because of this may reduce inflammation and promote healing. Despite extensive testing and clinical experience, no evidence has emerged of resistance or cytotoxicity to nanocrystalline silver. This article collects together a number of presentations that were given at the 2003 European Burns Association Meeting on the use of Acticoat™ in the management of burns. Dunn & Edwards-Jones (2004)

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