Nanocrystalline Silver: Use in Wound Care
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The antimicrobial activity of nanocrystalline metals has been shown to be more sustained than
normal metal ions. This chapter reviews the use of nanocrystalline silver in wound care and the impact these
dressings are having on acute and chronic wounds in terms of healing, toxicity and reduction of biological
burden. Production of the nanocrystalline dressings will be described and the antimicrobial mode of action
of silver described. The in-vitro and in-vivo assessment of nanocrystalline silver shows these dressings to be
advantageous for the health care practioner and an excellent addition to wound care productions.
Nanocrystalline metals; wound care; wound healing; toxicity; antimicrobial; silver;
nanoparticles; immunomodulation; anti-microbial; infectyion; burns.
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