Journal articlesSilgen Ag – an evaluation of a novel silver application

Silgen Ag – an evaluation of a novel silver application

07/11/17 | Burns, Leg Ulcers, Products | Kathy Leak, Sue Johnson

There are many silver products on the market today, which can make it difficult for healthcare providers to decide which ones to purchase. A new class 3 product, Silver Ag has been launched and become available, which promises to provide excellent antimicrobial protection/treatment as well as being cost effective. This silver spray is an alternative to the other antimicrobial products and can be added to the treatment when needed, thus reducing the use of antibiotics and meeting the needs expected with antiseptic stewardship (Roberts, 2017). The product is supplied in 5 ml, 10 ml and 100 ml bottles, for either single dose or multiple doses, to support ease of use and storage, and can be used for up to 8 weeks once opened. A cost analysis has shown that reductions in cost can be achieved by simply incorporating the spray into daily routine when required. The simple use also allows for patient self-care, if appropriate. As with all silver products regular assessment should be performed following the two-week evaluation recommended in the International Consensus document (Wounds International, 2012). This article will look at the product, its adaptability and ease of use whilst giving feedback/comments from clinicians, highlighting some of the uses in case studies.