Research Article| Volume 1, ISSUE 3, P204-208, January 1970

Further trials of chemoprophylaxis for burns

The value of sulfamylon and of more frequent dressings
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      In a controlled trial, burns treated with daily applications of 0.5 per cent silver nitrate cream became colonized with Proteus spp. and miscellaneous coliform bacilli less frequently than comparable groups of burns treated every few days with applications of the same cream, or of 1 per cent silver nitrate cream and of 10 per cent sulfamylon acetate cream; Pseudomonas aeruginosa was also less common in the group treated with daily dressings of 0.5 per cent silver nitrate than in the other groups, but the numbers of Pseudomonas infections were too small for a statistically significant difference. Of the swabs from burns treated with daily applications of silver nitrate 42 per cent showed no bacterial growth, compared with 20–27 per cent of the swabs from burns on which antibacterial creams were applied every few days.
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