Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Alginate dressings

  • Comment

VOL: 101, ISSUE: 28, PAGE NO: 31

Generic and proprietary names


Generic and proprietary names
- ActivHeal Alginate.



- Algisite.



- Algosteril.



- Curasorb.



- Kaltostat.



- Melgisorb.



- Seasorb.



- Sorbsan.



- Tegagen.



- Urgosorb.



- These wound dressings absorb fluid into their fibres and the space between the fibres, thus controlling the state of hydration of the wound.



- The dressing is dry until it comes into contact with wound exudate, when it forms a gel.



- To be used on moderately or heavily exuding wounds.



- Can be used on superficial or cavity wounds.



- Some alginates may be used for their haemostatic properties (ability to stop bleeding).



- Wound management products.



- Eschars.



- Dry wounds.



- Any history of sensitivity to alginate dressings.



- Available as flat dressings or rope in a variety of sizes.



- The dressing is applied directly to the wound.



- Some products should not be allowed to overlap onto skin that is intact because they may cause maceration and excoriation.



- In cavities, the dressing should be loosely packed because it will swell and tight packing may result in too much pressure on the wound bed.



- Individual manufacturers’ instructions should be consulted regarding application.



- Dressings that have become stuck can be soaked off with saline or a low-force shower.



- Topical antibiotic or antimicrobial agents may interfere with the gelling process.



Nursing considerations
- Gelling characteristics of dressings and absorbency vary between products.



- There have been few trials conducted on the advantages of one product over another. The choice of dressing may depend on local availability, personal experience and patient choice.



- Some alginates are suitable for use on infected wounds in conjunction with antibiotics and careful monitoring. In these cases daily dressing changes are normally necessary.



Patient teaching
- In most cases, these dressings benefit from pain-free removal.



- Explain the principles of moist wound healing and why this dressing has been chosen.



- Ensure that the patient knows when her or his next appointment for wound redressing is and what action to take if the dressing becomes compromised beforehand.



- Nurses should refer to manufacturer’s summary of product characteristics and to appropriate local guidelines

  • Comment

Related files

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.