How does an alginate dressing help wound healing?
When used to dress a wound with heavy exudate (a weeping wound), an alginate dressing swells and partly dissolves into gel. This removes excess moisture yet keeps the wound from drying out. It also prevents dressing from sticking to the wound and lessens bleeding.
Wounds for which an alginate dressing is indicated
- Pressure ulcers
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Cavity wounds
- Venous leg ulcers
- Post-operative wounds
- Traumatic wounds
- Partial thickness burns
Most of the time, alginate dressings can be left unchanged for 5-7 days unless exudate capacity is reached. With infected wounds, the wound bed should be inspected daily.
Abena’s Calcium Alginate Dressing is made of natural fibers derived from seaweed. It is designed to be highly absorbent. Alginates absorb wound exudate and form a gel-like covering over the wound, helping to maintain a moist wound healing environment, promote the healing process, and minimize bleeding. The gel-like surface helps keep the dressing from adhering to the wound.
FEATURES & BENEFITS
For Deep Wounds
Mid to Heavy Absorption
Wear up to 7 Days
Moderate to heavily exuding wounds.
Surface trauma wounds.
Venous/arterial leg ulcers.
Graft and donor sites.
Carefully clean the wound and its surrounding area with sterile water or saline solution and dry the surrounding skin gently.
Select the right size of dressing for the wound area. Carefully open the sterile pouch to remove the dressing inside.
A secondary dressing is necessary when using calcium alginates. If needed, cut the tape and dressing using sterile scissors.