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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 61-62

Comparison of newer dressing materials with conventional dressing - An experience in 46 patients


1 Professor, Department of Burns & Plastic Surgery, B J Medical College & Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, India
2 Assoc. Prof. Department of Burns & Plastic Surgery, BJ Medical College & Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, India
3 MCh Post Graduate Resident, Department of Burns & Plastic Surgery, B J Medical College & Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad., India

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M F Shaikh
Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, BJ Medical College and Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad
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This prospective study was done in 46 patients admitted from Nov.2002 to Jun.2003 in Burns and Plastic Surgery Department, Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, with partial thickness symmetrical burns(TBSA<20%) on both upper limb or both lower limb to compare the efficacy of two newer dressing materials (hydrogel and polyoleifen mesh) with conventional dressing (vaseline gauze). After proper evaluation and resuscitation, all of them received immediate coverage with either hydrogel or polyoleifen mesh on one limb and conventional dressing on opposite limb with symmetrical burn areas. Main outcome measures included pain, wound healing time and infection. The application of newer dressing materials causes less pain and showed early healing as compared to the conventional dressing. Although newer dressing materials caused less pain and showed early healing, more randomized control trial studies are required to validate the efficacy of newer dressing materials.


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