Current Advances in the Medical Application of Nanotechnology

Nanocrystalline Silver: Use in Wound Care

Author(s): Valerie Edwards-Jones

Pp: 25-31 (7)

DOI: 10.2174/978160805131111201010025

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The antimicrobial activity of nanocrystalline metals has been shown to be more sustained than normal metal ions. This chapter reviews the use of nanocrystalline silver in wound care and the impact these dressings are having on acute and chronic wounds in terms of healing, toxicity and reduction of biological burden. Production of the nanocrystalline dressings will be described and the antimicrobial mode of action of silver described. The in-vitro and in-vivo assessment of nanocrystalline silver shows these dressings to be advantageous for the health care practioner and an excellent addition to wound care productions.

Keywords: Nanocrystalline metals; wound care; wound healing; toxicity; antimicrobial; silver; nanoparticles; immunomodulation; anti-microbial; infectyion; burns.

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