Depth, size, and area affect outcomes in burn injury patients

Accurate burn depth, size and surface area assessment play a crucial role in the timing and approach to management.

Why use nanocrystalline silver for burns?

The introduction of silver into the burn wound care paradigm has resulted in great advances in curbing mortality and adverse…

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Overcoming chronic wounds with cadexomer iodine

The treatment of chronic wounds is a difficult medical challenge that consumes significant healthcare resources. Several treatment strategies have been…

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Sterile maggots can debride a wound in a few days

The use of sterile maggots in wound debridement therapy (MDT) is a well-established practice in South Africa, Europe and the…

Surviving sepsis

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 30 million people worldwide are affected by sepsis every year and about…

Mupirocin awareness

In 1976, Sutherland et al introduced mupirocin as a promising drug against gram-positive bacteria.

AMS in burn wounds

Burn wounds are pernicious and often require special attention. In an era of ever-increasing antimicrobial resistance, the ideal treatment strategy…

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Managing electrical burns

Research about the incidence of electrocutions in South Africa is scarce. A 2018 review found that 25.6% of South Africans…

Taking an antibiotic time-out

By 2050, 10 million people could die per year from drug-resistant infections, according to the WHO. More and more enteric…

Dressings in burn wound management

No single dressing is suitable for the management of all types of burn wounds. Its therefore vital that pharmacists choose…

The reality of snakebites – time is tissue

With at least 600 000 people worldwide killed or permanently disabled each year, snakebites are the biggest public health crisis…

Screening for sepsis

Sepsis is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity globally. Early diagnosis of sepsis and early initiation of evidence-based bundle…

The ears of the hippo: the state of wound care in SA

A lack of evidence-based care not only contributes to extended healing trajectories and increased cost but could also have detrimental…

Antiseptics in an era of bacterial resistance

Povidone-iodine is a broad-spectrum antiseptic for topical application in the treatment and prevention of wound infection. It may be used in…

Clinical review: foam dressings

The UK National Health Service (NHS) Clinical Evaluation Team have published a report evaluating foam dressings of wound care suppliers…

Antibiotics vs antiseptics in wound healing

Iodophore-based formulations have remained popular after decades of use for antisepsis and wound healing. Recent data clearly supports its use…

You cut me open and I keep bleeding

Haemophilia is an inherited, x-linked, lifelong bleeding disorder that affects men almost exclusively. Most frequently, haemorrhage involves joints or muscles.

Infection in chronic wounds

This article gives an overview of bacterial balance, inflammation and wound infection, and offers guidance on the assessment of chronic…

NPWT in hand injuries

The efficacy of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is thought to be due to decreased bacterial count, increased tissue perfusion,…

Fungating wounds always a challenge

A patient presenting with a fungating wound is always a challenge for wound care practitioners. The management of these wounds…

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