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Silver: An Age‐Old Treatment Modality in Modern Times

Spear, Marcia ACNP-BC, CPSN, CWS

doi: 10.1097/PSN.0b013e3181deea2e
Departments: Wound Care Management

The use of silver as an antimicrobial for infection spans hundreds of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans used silver to disinfect their water and food supplies. Silver was also used in ancient times to treat burns and wounds as a wound dressing. Silver solutions were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the 1920s. Since that time, silver has established itself as an effective and well-known treatment modality for and in the prevention of high-risk infection in clinical wound care (http://int.hansaplast.com/med-info/wound-care-beautiful-healing/silver-tech.html).

Marcia Spear, ACNP-BC, CPSN, CWS, is Nurse Practitioner, Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse, and Certified Wound Specialist, Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

Address correspondence to Marcia Spear, ACNP-BC, CPSN, CWS, Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, D-4207 Medical Center North, Nashville, TN 37232 (e-mail: marcia.spear@vanderbilt.edu).

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