Experience in treating combat burns in Afghanistan by using silver-nylon dressing.

Abstract

BACKGROUND On the battlefield, insidious and devastating weapons like the improvised explosive device (IED) rapidly emit extreme heat (thousands of degrees), create a shock wave (overpressure) that can hurl bodies long distances (inducing secondary fall lesions), and deliver thousands of pieces of shrapnel over hundreds of meters. MATERIALS AND METHODS Very often, Soldiers injured by an IED blast are inside their vehicle. Subsequently, they are exposed to the thermal effects of the blast. Frequently, these patients have complex wounds that consist of extensive burn areas, bone fractures, and internal organ lesions. The use of silver-nylon burn wrap dressing is widely documented for its bactericidal properties. Silverlon® Burn Dressings is an elastic bandage made of nylon and plated with pure metallic silver. RESULTS In summer 2008, in a U.S. advanced Role 2 facility, two U.S. Soldiers with extensive second- and third-degree burn injuries were successfully treated with the use of Silverlon Burn Dressings and Silverlon® Burn Gloves. CONCLUSIONS From this experience emerged the ease of use silver-nylon dressing in treating badly burned Soldiers on the battlefield.

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@article{Pozza2014ExperienceIT, title={Experience in treating combat burns in Afghanistan by using silver-nylon dressing.}, author={Moreno Pozza and Pflipsen Matthew and Federico Lunardi}, journal={Journal of special operations medicine : a peer reviewed journal for SOF medical professionals}, year={2014}, volume={14 1}, pages={1-5} }