The use of Acticoat (TM) in neonatal burns

Rustogi, R., Mill, J., Fraser, J. F. and Kimble, R. M. (2005) The use of Acticoat (TM) in neonatal burns. Burns, 31 7: 878-882. doi:10.1016/j.burns.2005.04.030

Author Rustogi, R.
Mill, J.
Fraser, J. F.
Kimble, R. M.
Title The use of Acticoat (TM) in neonatal burns
Journal name Burns   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-4179
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.burns.2005.04.030
Volume 31
Issue 7
Start page 878
End page 882
Total pages 5
Editor S. Wolf
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject 329999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
730204 Child health
Formatted abstract
To evaluate the safety and efficacy of Acticoat™ use in primary burn injuries and other skin injuries in premature neonates.


An audit of eight premature neonates who sustained burn injuries and other cutaneous injuries from various agents were treated with Acticoat™. Serum silver levels were measured in three neonates. Wounds were assessed for infection and blood cultures were taken where sepsis was suspected.

Neonates ranged from 23 to 28 weeks gestation (weight: 578-1078 g). Causative injury mechanisms included: alcoholic chlorhexidine, alcoholic wipes, electrode jelly, extravasated intravenous fluids, artery illuminator, temperature probe and adhesive tape removal. Total burned body surface area ranged from 1 to 30%. All neonates were treated with Acticoat™ dressing changed every 3-7 days. All wounds re-epithelialised by day 28 and scar management was not required. There were four mortalities secondary to problems associated with extreme prematurity. Serum silver levels ranged from 0 to 1 μmol/L. There were no wound infections or positive blood cultures during the treatment period.

Acticoat™ is a suitable dressing for premature neonates who have sustained burn injury, with the advantage of minimal handling as the dressing need only be changed every 3-7 days.
Keyword Neonate
Critical Care Medicine
Silver Sulfadiazine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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