Gollins, S., Gaffney, C., Slade, S., & Swindell, R. (2008). RCT on gentian violet versus a hydrogel dressing for radiotherapy-induced moist skin desquamation. Journal of Wound Care, 17, 268–275.
To compare hydrogel dressing to gentian violet (GV) for healing moist desquamation
Patients were referred after a nurse or radiographer identified moist desquamation. They were randomly assigned to GV or hydrogel. Patients were given instruction on how to apply GV or hydrogel at home and were assessed by radiographers on alternate days until the healing occurred. Tracing of the moist desquamation area on to polythene sheets was done randomly on different days with different patients.
The study took place at a single site in the United Kingdom.
The study used a randomized controlled trial design.
The study could not support or refute the value of hydrogel dressings.