There are significant differences among different types of silver-based dressings, not only in the way they employ silver, but in the types and amount of silver compounds used.
*Source: Thomas, S. and P. McCubbin (2003). "An in vitro analysis of the antimicrobial properties of 10 silver-containing dressings." J Wound Care 12(8): 305-308.
Silverlon uses a unique silver plating process that employs more pure metallic silver in the dressing than any other silver-based dressing. Typically up to 100 times more than the leading impregnated dressings and 5 times more than crystalline silver dressings.
The high silver content provides a large reservoir of deliverable silver ions within the dressing, when activated and applied to the wound.
Silverlon uses activated silver
Silver is not antimicrobial unless activated. Silverlon dressings are activated prior to application and have an immediate antimicrobial effect.
Silver ions kill pathogens by at least three mechanisms. First, the ion binds to a receptor on the cell wall, preventing cellular respiration. Second, in the same manner, it prevents the cell from taking in nutrients. And third, the ion penetrates the cell wall, disrupting the DNA and preventing replication.
While Silverlon dressings generate a large reservoir of deliverable silver ions when activated, they will never stain the wound by dumping metallic silver onto the patient.
Silverlon Island Wound Dressings and Silverlon Wound Pad Dressings are multi-layer, sterile, non-adherent, antimicrobial barrier wound dressings.
Local management of superficial wounds, minor burns, abrasions and lacerations.
Under the supervision of a healthcare professional Silverlon Island Wound Dressings and Silverlon Wound Pad Dressings are intended for up to 7 day use for wounds such as vascular access or peripheral IV sites, orthopedic external pin sites, wound drain sites, surgical wounds (donor and graft sites, incisions), and partial to full thickness dermal ulcers (stage I-IV pressure sores, venous stasis ulcers, arterial ulcers, diabetic ulcers).
Silverlon Island Wound Dressings and Silverlon Wound Pad Dressings are indicated for the management of infected wounds, as the silver in the dressing provides an antimicrobial barrier that may be helpful in managing these wounds. In addition the moist wound healing environment and control of wound bacteria within the Silverlon Island Wound Dressing and Silverlon Wound Pad Dressing may help reduce the risk of wound infection and support the body’s healing process.
Silverlon Island Wound Dressings and Silverlon Wound Pad Dressings may be used for the management of painful wounds, Silverlon Island Wound Dressings and Silverlon Wound Pad Dressing’s non-adherent wound contact layer reduces pain during dressing changes and evaporation of moisture in the dressing may soothe the wound.
Silverlon® Dressings should not be used on patients with 3rd degree burns or with known sensitivity to silver or nylon.
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