Guidelines for use of Nanocrystalline Silver Dressing - Acticoat™
This Guideline for use of Nanocrystalline Silver impregnated dressings on burn wounds provides important information for health professionals and first responders. It gives advice on burn wound dressings for a burn injured patient as part of initial burn injury management and early care.
The Department of Health, Health Networks Branch working group developed the Burn Injury Model of Care. They identified the need to provide information and support on burn injury management at a state-wide policy level. The Guideline for use of Nanocrystalline Silver impregnated dressings - Acticoat™ was developed as one of the outcomes of this review.
This supporting operational guideline for the recommended 'silver impregnated antimicrobial dressing' - Acticoat™ is endorsed and operational within the major Burn Injury Units in WA. In order for all patients in the state with a burn injury to benefit from ActicoatTM a review of the Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) Acticoat™ guidelines was undertaken.
The intent of this review was to consider suitability for state-wide implementation and to provide an evidence-based framework to support use of Acticoat™ over other ‘silver impregnated’ dressings. This guideline and policy statement is the outcome of this review
There was close liaison with the RPH Acticoat™ guideline development team, and the Injury and Trauma Health Network during the review process and development of the original guideline. This is the revised version of the policy.
Dr Simon Towler
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 1:33pm