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.