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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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Abstract

FERREIRA, Adriano Menis; SOUZA, Bruna Machado Vieira de; RIGOTTI, Marcelo Alessandro  and  LOUREIRO, Marisa Rolan Dias. The use of fatty acids in wound care: an integrative review of the Brazilian literature. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.3, pp. 752-760. ISSN 0080-6234.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342012000300030.

The objective of this study was to characterize the Brazilian scientific production on the topical use of fatty acids in wound care, and to describe the effects of its administration in this process. This integrative literature review included articles indexed in Lilacs and BEDENF databases. Data collection was carried out in December 2010 using controlled descriptors and without publication date limitations. The sample consisted of nine articles, mostly concerning animal models and the use of different fatty acids mixtures. Due to the lack of randomized clinical trials in human beings and the limitations of this review, it is not possible to generalize that essential fatty acids have a positive effect on the healing process or have antimicrobial effects on wound healing. Therefore, it is necessary to conduct studies of higher methodological rigor, comparing the different formulas available with fatty acids and their effects on the healing process.

Keywords : Fatty acids, essential; Wound healing. Triglycerides; Helianthus; Nursing research.

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