Practice guidelines for the application of nonsilicone or silicone gels and gel sheets after burn injury

J Burn Care Res. May-Jun 2015;36(3):345-74. doi: 10.1097/BCR.0000000000000124.


The objective of this review was to systematically evaluate available clinical evidence for the application of nonsilicone or silicone gels and gel sheets on hypertrophic scars and keloids after a burn injury so that practice guidelines could be proposed. This review provides evidence based recommendations, specifically for the rehabilitation interventions required for the treatment of aberrant wound healing after burn injury with gels or gel sheets. These guidelines are designed to assist all healthcare providers who are responsible for initiating and supporting scar management interventions prescribed for burn survivors. Summary recommendations were made after the literature, retrieved by systematic review, was critically appraised and the level of evidence determined according to Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine criteria.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Burns / therapy*
  • Cicatrix, Hypertrophic / prevention & control*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Occlusive Dressings*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Silicone Gels / administration & dosage*
  • Skin Transplantation / methods
  • Wound Healing*


  • Silicone Gels