Silverlon - Questions and Answers
When should Silverlon products be used?
Microorganisms are present in all wounds. Normally there is a balance between the proliferation of microorganisms and the response each patient's immune system. However microorganisms proliferate very quickly – sometimes more rapidly as the patient’s immune system can respond. In this case the antimicrobial dressings with Silverlon technology respond very quickly. The unique and patented technology fits well to the wound bed and conforms very easily. The Silverlon technology unfold its power very quickly with continuous release of silver ions over the time – for the good of the patient!
Isn`t silver a heavy metal that can cause toxic or allergic reactions?
Metallic silver particles are heavy metal, however Silverlon flex only releases silver ions that bind to and then kill microbes. In contrast to other silver wound dressings, Silverlon flex does not deposit metallic crystals that have been shown to discolor skin and delay wound healing. The standard in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility tests show that Silverlon flex is safe for the intended purpose.
How does Silverlon technology work?
In dry metallic form, silver is inert and exhibits no biocidal action. However, silver ions in the presence of water or tissue fluids and releases the positively charged silver ion Ag+. This positively charged ion will attach to negatively charged microbes.
Can I use Silverlon dressings in combination with or after using solutions, ointments or cleansing products?
Silverlon flex is most effective when moistened with plain water and placed in good contact with tissue. Adding other chemical risks binding the silver ion or chemical reactions, and adding creams or ointments may block the released silver ions from reaching wound fluids or tissue. Oxidizing cleansers such as hydrogen peroxide and PVP iodine should not be used.
Can Silverlon dressings be used in combination with other dressings?
Yes. Silverlon dressings are a primary contact dressing and can be used in combination with conventional cotton or non-woven gauzes, films, foams, high absorbent dressings, alginates, hydrogels, or hydro fiber dressings. Before selecting a secondary dressing, identify whether it is be used for absorption or hydration.