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Results of a multicenter outpatient burn study on the safety and efficacy of Dimac-SSD, a new delivery system for silver sulfadiazine.

Dimac with silver sulfadiazine (Dimac-SSD), a new silver sulfadiazine delivery system, was evaluated prospectively in a multicenter study for the treatment of outpatient burn injuries. The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of Dimac-SSD on the microbiology of the burn wounds and to quantitate its clinical safety and efficacy. A total of 197 patients were evaluated. Eight (4%) of these patients did not complete the study. Six patients withdrew because of local discomfort caused by the Dimac-SSD and two patients were terminated because of technical problems. The mean +/- SD duration of treatment with Dimac-SSD was 12 +/- 8.5 days, during which time the mean number of dressing changes was 2.9 per patient. During treatment with Dimac-SSD, the burn wound bacterial flora remained stable and overgrowth with Pseudomonas species or Gram-negative bacilli did not occur. Only four (2%) patients developed clinical infections; thus the Dimac-SSD appeared to have good antimicrobial effectiveness. This dressing was not associated with any organ system or metabolic side-effects and patient discomfort during application and removal was minimal. Thus this new delivery system for silver sulfadiazine was associated with excellent wound healing, a low incidence of wound infections, reduced frequency for dressing changes, and excellent patient compliance.[1]


  1. Results of a multicenter outpatient burn study on the safety and efficacy of Dimac-SSD, a new delivery system for silver sulfadiazine. Deitch, E.A., Sittig, K., Heimbach, D., Jordan, M., Cruse, W., Kahn, A., Achauer, B., Finley, R., Matsuda, T., Salisbury, R. The Journal of trauma. (1989) [Pubmed]
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