A group of British researchers have urged the NHS to drop the usage of silver wound dressings until further evidence is provided that such a system works, a new report reveals.
According to the report published in the journal Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, while the usage of silver wound dressings has increased, with the NHS spending more than £25 million in 2006-07, the evidence that such dressings are better than conventional dressings is pretty thin.
The report adds that so far any sample size to test the dressings has been of a small size while the trial length has also been short. "With
these factors in mind, we believe that the routine use of silver dressings is not justified on clinical or cost-effectiveness grounds as treatment for uncomplicated leg ulcers, when simple dressings and compression bandaging are more appropriate", the report added.