Principles of burn dressings

Biomaterials. 1985 Nov;6(6):369-77. doi: 10.1016/0142-9612(85)90095-x.


Throughout history burn wounds have been treated by covering with dressings of many different materials. The successful application of a burn dressing remains an objective for biomaterial development. This paper examines how the burn wound differs from other skin injuries, the requirements of the ideal burn wound dressing, and reviews the type of dressings available. The dressings in common use in the treatment of burns are compared with the 'ideal' dressing, in so far as it can be defined.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bandages*
  • Biological Dressings
  • Burns / therapy*
  • Gels
  • Humans
  • Water-Electrolyte Balance
  • Wound Healing*


  • Gels