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Title: The efficacy of hydrogel dressings as a first aid measure for burn wound management in the pre-hospital setting: a systematic review of the literature.
Epworth Authors: Wasiak, Jason
Other Authors: Goodwin, Nicholas
Spinks, Anneliese
Keywords: Epworth Radiology Oncology, Epworth HealthCare, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Wounds and Injuries
First Aid
Emergency Care, Prehospital
Prehospital Emergency Care
Wound Management
Issue Date: Jul-2015
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: International Wound Journal
Abstract: The aim of this systematic review was to determine the supporting evidence for the clinical use of hydrogel dressings as a first aid measure for burn wound management in the pre-hospital setting. Two authors searched three databases (Ovid Medline, Ovid Embase and The Cochrane Library) for relevant English language articles published through September 2014. Reference lists, conference proceedings and non-indexed academic journals were manually searched. A separate search was conducted using the Internet search engine Google to source additional studies from burns advisory agencies, first aid bodies, military institutions, manufacturer and paramedic websites. Two authors independently assessed study eligibility and relevance of non-traditional data forms for inclusion. Studies were independently assessed and included if Hydrogel-based burn dressings (HBD) were examined in first aid practices in the pre-hospital setting. A total of 129 studies were considered for inclusion, of which no pre-hospital studies were identified. The review highlights that current use of HBD in the pre-hospital setting appears to be driven by sources of information that do not reflect the paramedic environment. We recommend researchers in the pre-hospital settings undertake clinical trials in this field. More so, the review supports the need for expert consensus to identify key demographic, clinical and injury outcomes for clinicians and researchers undertaking further research into the use of dressings as a first aid measure.
DOI: 10.1111/iwj.12469
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ISSN: 1742-481X
Journal Title: International Wound Journal 2015 Jul 15.
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Department of Operations, Ambulance Victoria, Doncaster, Victoria, Australia
Department of Ecosystem Science, CSIRO, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Systematic Reviews
Appears in Collections:Emergency Care
Radiation Oncology

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