Do topical antibiotics improve wound healing?
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The use of topical triple-antibiotic ointments significantly decreases infection rates in minor contaminated wounds compared with a petrolatum control. Plain petrolatum ointment is equivalent to triple-antibiotic ointments for sterile wounds as a post- procedure wound dressing (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, based on randomized controlled trials [RCTs]).
Journal of Family Practice, 56(2) 2007: 140+.