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Review: evidence on dressings for superficial burns is of poor quality

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What is the effectiveness of burn wound dressings for superficial and partial-thickness burns?


Included studies were randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that evaluated the effectiveness of burn wound dressings for treatment of superficial and partial thickness burns. Outcome was wound healing.


Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Cochrane Wounds Group Specialised Register, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (all to May 2008), and reference lists were searched for RCTs. Authors and dressing manufacturers were contacted. 16 RCTs met selection criteria; study quality was assessed as poor to very poor.


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  • Source of funding: Royal College of Nursing, UK.