silver nitrate?

  1. I just read something disturbing.... silver nitrate is used to treat Steven-Johnsons Syndrome. Why? I remember working with silver nitrate in chem class and it was not fun at all. The smell, and it hurt if you spilled it on your skin. Not really at first but in just a while it would tingle and itch.

    Now granted I'm sensitive to chemicals.... but, why? Is it diluted? or did i work with another type of silver nitrate? Why would we use something like this to treat a wound?

    Please shed some light!!
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  3. by   gwenith
    It was used to reduce infection and it was always an old-fashioned method of treating burns - went out of fashion when silver suphadiazine cream came in. The thinks behind using Silver Nitrate in dilute solution was that since SJS is often triggered by sulpha drugs SSD cream could make it worse.

    I was used at a hospital I USED to work at - note the past tense.
  4. by   Mags4711
    We still use it. It is a dilute solution. Dressings are changed daily-kerlix wraps and then the pt is moistened q 2 hrs with the Silver Nitrate solution. It stains like the dickens!
  5. by   gwenith
    What is you pain control like with it??
  6. by   raytay
    We used to use silver nitrate & then the reps brought us a material called acticoat. It is nice to use on tens pts because then it stays on for 3 days. We have been using it for about 3 yrs. We use the same types of meds that we use with regular burns. Anywhere from 10-20 mg of MSO4, 5-10mg iv or internasal versed. Maybe some lortab & ativan. Priscilla
  7. by   Havin' A Party!
    Was also used to cauterize wounds.
  8. by   clgmezzo
    We use it for cauterization of wounds. Acticoat is something we use in our center, though it does stain the skin like crazy as well, we change it every 2 days, our surgeons like to see our wounds as often as possible so we dont usually do a 3 day change
  9. by   courtneyalissa
    We use the silver nitrate sticks for cauterization. Also, we use acticoat-usually when a patient is undergoing stage 1 & 2 integra dressings before grafting.
  10. by   Paulina
    Silver nitrate sticks are also used to stimulate hypergranulated tissue as well as giving a boost to a wound that is not epitheliziing.
    In your hospitals or wound care settings, does this procedure need to be performed by an MD?
    Does anyone have a protocol for nitrate sticks?
  11. by   micwoundspec
    Does anyone have a protocol for nitrate sticks?
    for hypergranulation tissue?
  12. by   tsj
    My daughter(age 13yo) has a feeding tube and the GI will use it (stick)around the tube site when she gets granulation tissue building up. She hates it. She is pretty good with pain, but, she will scream when they do it and is not happy for about 6 hours afterward. I am only in school, so have no other experience with it.
  13. by   tsj
    My daughter is seen in DE and the GI nurse practitioner uses the sticks on my daughter's g-tube site for granulation tissue.
  14. by   ajbyars
    After the most part of his umbilical cord fell off, my son was left with what the pediatrician called a "granuloma", which he then cauterized with silver nitrate. I was assured that it was extremely rare that he would have any reaction to it. The next morning I noticed that the skin around his belly button looked like someone had burnt it. It was red and swollen and had tiny blisters. We called the ped and he was hospitalized for 2 days, taking rounds of antibiotic and blood work at just 3 weeks old. I have yet to find any information on the internet about silver allergies. All I can find are pages about nickel allergies. Can anyone help me?