Sulfadiazine, the burn cream against which all other burn dressings have been measured, according to the Shriner’s Burn Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio , is being replaced by the convenience of Silverlon fabric for treating burned U.S. soldiers on the battlefield.
Silverlon delivers bactericidal silver ions into burn wounds with the convenience of? paper towel. Its painless application and removal (no cream to be painfully wiped way when the wound has to be inspected) has made Silverlon the essential dressing arried by Army field medics in Iraq.
Silverlon dressings are immediately applied to resh wounds in the field to eradicate bacteria, providing full antibacterial protection to he injured soldier on his way to a field hospital. The warmth of this new fabric is equally important, for it keeps the wounded soldier warm on his long flight to receive attention at the primary treatment center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Decades of research by Dr. Albert T. Mc Manus (ret.), Chief of Microbiology, US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Ft. Sam Houston, and his staff have shown the effectiveness of the silver ion against bacteria. He says: “Silver provides one of the most active but controlled oxidizing agents known to biologists.
When metallic silver releases an electron (as it oxidizes a compound) to become a soluble ion, it forms insoluble salts with whatever carboxyls, sulfhydrals, phosphates, sulfates, anionic amino acids, or proteins are present in a bacterium. The silver salts of these compounds are insoluble, so their loss inactivates bacteria in the patient permanently.
Silver also displaces calcium, magnesium, and other similar cations within the microorganism, resulting in their permanent dysfunction unless that organism can make a replacement molecule.”
Research into the wide-ranging effectiveness of silver was begun by Dr. Robert O. Becker (ret.), who proved that electrically driven silver ions could induce spectacular recoveries from deep wounds and the regeneration of flesh and bone.
Dr. Bart Flick, Argentum Medical, LLC, continued this research to perfect a silver coated nylon dressing that proved equally effective. Marketed as Silverlon, the dressing provides a flood of silver ions, efficiently sanitizing the wound, that also promotes natural reconstruction of damaged flesh.
Silver-imbedded bandages are becoming the standard of care for battlefield burns.