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July 1993

A Randomized Prospective Study of a Hydroactive Dressing vs Conventional Treatment After Shave Biopsy Excision

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Boston (Mass) University School of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(7):859-860. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680280047008

• Background and Design.—  Fifty shave biopsy sites were prospectively randomized to treatment with either a hydroactive dressing or conventional therapy (bacitracin plus Band-Aid). Time to complete epithelialization, pain, infection, and convenience of the therapy were assessed.

Results.—  There was no significant difference between the two dressings with regard to time to heal, wound infection rate, or pain. However, patients preferred the hydroactive dressing because of convenience.

Conclusion.—  Hydroactive dressings did not accelerate healing compared with conventional therapy, but may facilitate wound management because of convenience and time savings in dressing changes.(Arch Dermatol. 1993;129:859-860)