Biobrane versus duoderm for the treatment of intermediate thickness burns in children: a prospective, randomized trial.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2005.04.029


In this study, we directly compared the efficacy of Biobrane and Duoderm for the treatment of small intermediate thickness burns in children in a prospective, randomized fashion to determine their relative impact on wound healing, pain scores, and cost. Patients under 18 years of age with intermediate thickness burns on a surface area less than 10% were enrolled and treated with one of the two dressing systems. Data collected included mechanism of injury, time to complete healing, pain scores, and institutional cost of materials until healing was complete. No significant difference in time to healing or pain scores was detected between the two groups. The cost of each treatment was statistically more expensive in the Biobrane group. The results of this study demonstrate that Duoderm and Biobrane provide equally effective treatment of partial thickness burns among in the pediatric population. However, Duoderm is statistically less expensive than Biobrane and can be considered a first-line treatment option for intermediate thickness burn wounds in children.

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Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries





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Adolescent; Bandages, Hydrocolloid; Burns; Child; Child, Preschool; Coated Materials, Biocompatible; Costs and Cost Analysis; Female; Humans; Male; Pain; Pain Measurement; Prospective Studies; Treatment Outcome; Wound Healing


Burns; Wound Healing

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