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Zinc Oxide Gets High Marks for Wound Care

Dermatol Surg; ePub 2017 Jun 23; Thompson, et al

Zinc oxide compression dressing is a practical option for postoperative wound care, with decreased incidence of delayed wound healing, and fewer complications vs standard postoperative wound dressing, according to a recent study. In this retrospective cohort study, healing time and complication rate of 44 patients treated with standard dressing and 36 patients treated with zinc oxide compression dressing were compared. Researchers found:

  • At 19 days, 91.7% of patients receiving zinc oxide dressing were fully healed, whereas only 65.9% of patients receiving standard wound care were healed.
  • Complications were noted in 6 of the patients receiving standard dressing (13.6%); no complications occurred in the zinc oxide dressing group.

Thompson C, Wiemken TL, Brown TS. Effect of postoperative dressing on excisions performed on the leg: A comparison between zinc oxide compression dressing versus standard wound care. [Published online ahead of print June 23, 2017]. Dermatol Surg. doi:10.1097/DSS.0000000000001209.

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