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Innovative Use of Povidone-Iodine to Guide Burn Wound Debridement and Predict the Success of Biobrane as a Definitive Treatment for Burns

Lau, Yu Sin BMBS, DM, MRCS; Brooks, Peter MBBS, PhD, FRCS(Ed), FRCS(Plast)

Advances in Skin & Wound Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000442875.94332.fd
Features: Original Investigations

ABSTRACT: The success of Biobrane (Smith & Nephew, St. Petersburg, Florida) dressing in superficial burns depends on wound selection and preparation. After wound debridement, povidone-iodine is applied, and changes in wound color are recorded. Next, Biobrane is applied, and adherence is checked after 48 hours. The authors’ study showed that remaining brown areas of the wound are predictive of Biobrane nonadherence, which is indicative of deeper burns.

Author Information

Yu Sin Lau, BMBS, DM, MRCS, is a Specialty Registrar, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, United Kingdom. Peter Brooks, MBBS, PhD, FRCS(Ed), FRCS(Plast), is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Nottingham City Hospital, Nottingham, United Kingdom. The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article. Submitted October 29, 2012; accepted in revised form January 29, 2013.

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