We present a review on the application of silver containing compounds that have been incorporated in the surfaces of a large variety of medical devices including vascular, urinary, and peritoneal catheters, endotracheal tubes, sutures, and fracture fixation devices, as well as other materials such as plastics in kitchen appliances and fabrics. We found renewed and rising interest in silver-containing materials due to their antimicrobial, including antiviral and antifungal, properties, their good toxicology and environmental record. Silver-containing compounds could be used against bacterial strains that are known to be resistant to antibiotics. More research is necessary to determine safe levels and particle-size of silver for use in humans
Black, V. A. and Njewel, G.
"Search for the Next "Silver Bullet": A Review of Literature,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 64
, Article 13.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol64/iss1/13