Systematic reviews of wound care management: (2) Dressings and topical agents used in the healing of chronic wounds

Bradley M, Cullum N, Nelson EA, Petticrew M, Sheldon T, Torgerson D
Record ID 31999009897
Authors' objectives:

This review evaluates the evidence for effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of dressings and topical preparations in pressure sores, leg ulcers and surgical wounds healing by secondary intention.

Authors' recommendations: There is little evidence to indicate which dressings or topical agents are the most effective in the treatment of chronic wounds. However, there is evidence that hydrocolloid dressings are better than wet-to-dry dressings for the treatment of pressure sores. In the treatment of venous leg ulcers, low adherent dressings are as effective as hydrocolloid dressings beneath compression bandaging.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 1999
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • Bandages
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Occlusive Dressings
  • Wound Healing
  • Wounds and Injuries
Organisation Name: NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme
Contact Address: NIHR Journals Library, National Institute for Health and Care Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, Alpha House, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton SO16 7NS, UK
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