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Dressings for venous leg ulcers

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1604 (Published 02 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1604
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Wound assessment and dressing choice for venous ulcers

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Re: Dressings for venous leg ulcers

This article is very helpfully besides one issue. Regarding "antimicrobial dressings", NICE says that there is only "little good quality evidence" and the "estimates of the effects of dressings are uncertain" (1). Neither especially "honey/silver dressings" nor in common "topical antiseptics and antimicrobials" are recommended by SIGN (2). Please reconsider your recommendations concerning the use of antimicrobial dressings for venous leg ulcers.

References
1. https://www.nice.org.uk/advice/esmpb2/chapter/Key-points-from-the-evidence
2. http://www.sign.ac.uk/assets/sign120.pdf

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 June 2018
Armin Mainz
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