Mechanism of Prophylaxis by Silver Compounds against Infection of Burns

@article{Ricketts1970MechanismOP,
  title={Mechanism of Prophylaxis by Silver Compounds against Infection of Burns},
  author={Colin R Ricketts and Edward Joseph Lister Lowbury and John C. Lawrence and M Hall and M. D. Wilkins},
  journal={British Medical Journal},
  year={1970},
  volume={2},
  pages={444 - 446}
}
To clarify tthe mechanism by which local application of silver compounds protects burns against infection, an ion-specific electrode was used to measùre the concentration of silver ions in solutions. By this method it was shown that in burn dressings silver ions were reduced to a very low level by precipitation as silver chloride. The antibacterial effect was found to depend on the availability of silver ions from solution in contact with precipitate. Between 10-5 and 10-6 molar silver nitrate… Expand
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