Silver Dressing Acticoat Absorbent Alginate
3/4 x 12" Rope
A calcium alginate dressing utilizing advanced silver technology to
help create an optimal wound environment. Acticoat Absorbent (with
SILCRYST Nanocrystals) Antimicrobial Barrier Dressing is an effective
barrier to bacterial penetration. The barrier functions of the dressing
may help reduce infection in moderately to heavily exuding partial and
full-thickness wounds including decubitus ulcers, venous stasis ulcers,
surgical wounds, first- and second-degree burns, grafts and donor sites.
Ensure that the packing in cavities, sinuses etc. has been removed.
The dressing may adhere if used on very lightly exuding wounds. If the
dressing is not easily removed, moisten it with sterile water, then
remove. Do not use on patients with a known allergy to alginates.
Features of Acticoat Absorbent Dressing
Acticoat Absorbent Dressing is easy to remove, conforms to wound
contours and has fast gelling, high mannuronic acid fibers. Acticoat
Absorbent Dressing features low fiber shed, high wet and dry strength
and is soft and conformable.
The nanocrystalline coating of pure silver delivers antimicrobial
barrier activity within 30 minutes - faster than other forms of silver.
NUCRYST Pharmaceutical's antimicrobial technology is able to produce
silver-coated hydrophilic polyurethane foams that can release an
effective concentration of silver over several days. Thus, as silver
ions are consumed, additional silver is released from the dressing to
provide an effective antimicrobial barrier. This patented silver-based
antimicrobial technology can be applied to a wide range of medical
devices including wound dressings, certain types of catheters and
various implants to prevent infection. This technology was first
applied to burn wound dressings because burns present a very severe risk
Benefits of Acticoat Absorbent Dressing
- Antimicrobial barrier: Acticoat Absorbent Dressings deliver a
fast-acting, long-lasting antimicrobial barrier which may assist in
preventing contamination of the wound.
- Kills micro-organisms: Laboratory studies show that Acticoat
Absorbent Dressings kill micro-organisms faster than conventional
products such as silver sulfadiazine (1 percent cream) or silver nitrate
(0.5%) solution. It has also been shown in-vitro to provide protection
against more than 150 pathogens. The pathogens tested in the lab include
very resistant strains of bacteria such as antibiotic-resistant strains
of Pseudomonas, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,
vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus and fungi. These pathogens have been
known to sweep through a hospital and infect a great many patients with
already weakened immune systems. Infections contracted during
hospitalization caused by these so-called super-bugs and other organisms
cost North American taxpayers an estimated $18 billion a year in
additional hospital care.
- Easy to remove: When used in a moderate to highly exuding
wound, the dressing forms a soft gel, which does not adhere to the
delicate tissues in the wound bed. The dressing can be easily lifted out
of the wound in one piece, or washed out with sterile water.
- Conforms to wound contours: Acticoat Absorbent Dressings are
very soft and conformable, allowing them to be molded, folded or cut to
meet a wide range of wound shapes and sizes. As the fibers gel, an even
more intimate contact with the wound is produced and maintained.
- Less fiber shed: All fiber-based alginates release fibers
when handled, however the advanced bonding technique employed in
Acticoat Absorbent Dressings greatly reduces fiber release.
- Moist wound environment: The production of a gel by the
action of exudate on the alginate fibers creates a moist wound
environment at the wound surface. This helps prevent eschar formation
and promotes an optimal moist wound environment. The dressing allows
wound contraction to occur, which may help reduce scarring and also
allows gaseous exchange necessary for a healthy wound bed.
- Highly absorbent and cost-effective: In-vitro studies have
shown that Acticoat Absorbent Dressings can absorb many times their own
weight in exudate. This allows the dressing to remain in the wound for
up to 3 days, depending on the nature of the wound and the volume of
exudate. The sustained release of silver also means fewer dressing
changes, resulting in less exposure of the wound bed to the environment.
This reduces the risk of infection which lowers hospital costs.