Treatment of Chronic Wounds With the Silver-Containing Activated Carbon Fiber Dressing: Three Cases

Chun-Hao Tsai, Horng-Chaung Hsu, Cheng-Jyh Lin


Instead of simply covering and concealing wounds, it is necessary to choose adequate wound dressings to provide proper conditions for wound healing. Silver has long been used clinically throughout the history because of having potent and broad-acting antiseptic properties. Various types of silver-containing wound dressings are commercially available, including activated carbon fiber (ACF)-based silver dressings. ACF possesses two unique and well-known characteristics: a tremendous adsorptive capacity owing to a great network of submicroscopic pores on the surface, and the capability of far-infrared ray emission. Here, we presented three patients with entirely different background. All of them had a chronic wound lasting for several months or years. After they switched the treatment to the silver-containing ACF dressing, their wounds healed in 3 months without any adverse reaction. A randomized controlled trial is merited to test efficacy of this dressing against a recognized standard of care dressing in formerly non-healing wounds.

J Med Cases. 2014;5(11):587-591


Activated carbon fiber; Silver-containing dressing; Chronic wound

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