, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 25-36

10% Silver nitrate solution for topical treatment in scalding

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Summary

The effects of coagulation therapy using a 10% silver nitrate solution is studied on 13 children with scalds averaging 40% of the body surface. The main advantages are immediate pain relief, open wound treatment and stability of the circulatory system. The stable general condition of the patients is illustrated by the fluid balance, by the normal levels of hemoglobin, hematocrit, total protein, and sodium. The potential disadvantages are the risk of infection underneath the crust and the occasional delay in introducing surgical treatment as a result of incorrect initial clinical assessment of the depth of the burn.