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Comparison of foam dressings with silver versus foam dressings without silver in the care of malodorous malignant fungating wounds.
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PMID:  23033299     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Purpose: To investigate the effectiveness of foam dressings with silver vs. foam dressings without silver to reduce malodorous and septic phenomena in malignant fungating wounds (MFWs). Methods: The study included 26 patients with malodorous MFWs at home care. Thirteen patients formed the intervention group A (foam dressings with silver), and another 13 patients formed the control group B (foam dressings without silver). The patients' selection was random. The dressing changes were carried out according to the needs of the ulcer and depending on the exudates' level. The evaluation of the odor was 4 weeks after the start of the study. The patients' evaluation was excluded due to familiarization with the odor. Results: In group A 10/13 (76.9%) patients showed a significant reduction of the odor compared with 4/13 (30.8%) patients in group B (p = 0.049). Conclusion: Microbial activity and septic phenomena in the ulcerated surface of MFWs are the causes of unpleasant odor. This study provided evidence that the antimicrobial property of silver dressings is very useful in the treatment of microbial activity and can reduce malodorous and septic phenomena.
J Kalemikerakis; Z Vardaki; G Fouka; E Vlachou; U Gkovina; E Kosma; A Dionyssopoulos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of B.U.ON. : official journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1107-0625     ISO Abbreviation:  J BUON     Publication Date:    2012 Jul-Sep
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Created Date:  2012-10-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883428     Medline TA:  J BUON     Country:  Greece    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  560-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Nursing B', Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Athens, Greece.
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