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U.S. government clears commercial medical product for use on mustard gas injuries

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently cleared the first use of a commercially available product to manage blister injuries caused by sulfur mustard, otherwise known as mustard gas.

Silverlon, a silver-plated nylon dressing, is used widely to aid in the management of acute skin wounds and first- and second-degree thermal burns. The silver plating helps kill bacteria within the dressing, and one dressing can be used for up to seven days. This allows for fewer dressing changes, which reduces the burden on caregivers and minimizes the pain and damage that would occur if the wound was disturbed, according to a press release issued last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Source: Claudia Adrien

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