Evaluation of calcium alginate for skin graft donor sites

D. Bettinger, Dennis Gore, Y. Humphries

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Abstract

Choosing the most appropriate wound dressing is of importance in optimizing healing and minimizing pain. Recent reports have suggested an improvement in wound healing with calcium alginate. To clinically evaluate this new dressing, 12 paired wounds were covered with either calcium alginate or scarlet red in seven patients with burns undergoing skin grafting. The rate of reepithelialization was assessed by optical planimetry for the calcium alginate and by time for sloughing of the scarlet red. This comparison failed to demonstrate objectively any difference in the rate of wound healing between these dressings; however, calcium alginate did significantly reduce the pain severity and was favored by the nursing personnel because of its ease of care. Thus calcium alginate does appear to have clinical advantages as a dressing for skin graft donor sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-61
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Bandages
Tissue Donors
Transplants
Skin
Wound Healing
Pain
Skin Transplantation
Wounds and Injuries
Burns
Nurses
alginic acid
Scarlet Red

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Emergency Medicine

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Evaluation of calcium alginate for skin graft donor sites. / Bettinger, D.; Gore, Dennis; Humphries, Y.

In: Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, Vol. 16, No. 1, 1995, p. 59-61.

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