A Preliminary Report on the Spray Application of Topical Silver Sulfadiazine to Burn Wounds

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Abstract

A simple, flexible system for spray application of topical antimicrobials has been developed in the Burn Unit at Hennepin County Medical Center. In contrast to previous attempts, this method allows spray application of silver sulfadiazine without dilution. Because of the viscosity of the micronized cream, aerosol spread is minimal. Inexpensive commercially available components are used without modification. This system can be readily adapted to most hospital situations and provides rapid topical antimicrobial application. Time required for dressing changes has been reduced in our Burn Unit by 75% and fewer nursing personnel are required. Spray application avoids direct physical contact with burn wounds, eliminating potential contamination and greatly reducing pain associated with dressing changes. Patient acceptance is high.

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