An antimicrobial calcium alginate dressing utilizing advanced silver technology to help create an optimal wound environment.
- Easy to remove
- Conforms to wound contours
- Fast gelling, high mannuronic acid fibers
- Low fiber shed
- High wet and dry strength
- Soft and conformable
- The nanocrystalline coating of pure silver delivers antimicrobial barrier activity within 30 minutes - faster than other forms of silver.
ACTICOAT Absorbent Dressings deliver a fast-acting, long-lasting antimicrobial barrier which may assist in preventing contamination of the wound.
Laboratory studies show that ACTICOAT 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 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 infect many patients with already weakened immune systems. Infections contracted during hospitalization caused by these so-called superbugs 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 the costs to hospitals.
ACTICOAT Absorbent Dressings are an effective barrier to bacterial penetration. The barrier functions of the dressing may help reduce infection in moderate to heavily exudative partial and full-thickness wounds including pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers, venous ulcers, surgical wounds, donor sites, graft and dermal substitutes recepient sites and first and second degree burns.
Contraindications / Precautions
- For external use only.
- Should not be used on patients with a known sensitivity to silver.
- Should not be used on dry or non-exuding wounds.
- Not compatible with oil-based products, such as petrolatum.
- Not compatible with MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) procedures.
- Should not come in contact with electrodes or conductive gels during electronic measurements.
- If reddening or sensitization occurs, discontinue use.