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Plastic Surgery International
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 190436, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/190436
Review Article

Advances in Wound Healing: A Review of Current Wound Healing Products

Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Institute, University of California Irvine Medical Center, 200 S. Manchester Avenue, Suite 650, Orange, CA 92868, USA

Received 9 December 2011; Accepted 16 January 2012

Academic Editor: Bishara S. Atiyeh

Copyright © 2012 Patrick S. Murphy and Gregory R. D. Evans. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Successful wound care involves optimizing patient local and systemic conditions in conjunction with an ideal wound healing environment. Many different products have been developed to influence this wound environment to provide a pathogen-free, protected, and moist area for healing to occur. Newer products are currently being used to replace or augment various substrates in the wound healing cascade. This review of the current state of the art in wound-healing products looks at the latest applications of silver in microbial prophylaxis and treatment, including issues involving resistance and side effects, the latest uses of negative pressure wound devices, advanced dressings and skin substitutes, biologic wound products including growth factor applications, and hyperbaric oxygen as an adjunct in wound healing. With the abundance of available products, the goal is to find the most appropriate modality or combination of modalities to optimize healing.