Burn Dressing

The goal is a non-stick, absorbent burn dressing that will aid healing, reduce pain, and reduce the risk of infection.

Adaptic – non-stick gauze.  This is the “go-to” for most minor burns in the ED.  Coat the burn with bacitracin or Silvadene and dress with Adaptic.

Xeroform – petrolatum impregnated.  This is another non-stick option that keep the skin moist.

Acticoat – silver ion impregnated.  This dressing is useful for contaminated burns and will not cause discoloration.  It is primarily used in the burn unit.