Will this dressing allow the skin to close over the wound properly?
Yes. This dressing promotes efficient and fast healing with its calcium alginate components locking in moisture for better wound fluid.
How would I know if the calcium alginate dressing doesn’t trigger an allergy?
You can test a small piece on your skin and wait a few minutes for any allergic reactions. If it doesn’t trigger any skin allergies, then the dressing is safe to use.
Can I cut the dressing into pieces?
Yes. It depends on the size of the wound. For best practices, use a whole dressing for heavy wounds as it could speed up the healing process.
What are the directions for using?
- First, clean the wound area and pat it dry.
- Then carefully place the calcium alginate dressing on the wound.
- If necessary, place a secondary dressing like a bandage to support the gauze and hold it in place.
Does it stick to skin/hair or the injury?
It does not stick to the wound. However, avoid putting on other products before application as it may cause a certain reaction due to the ingredients of the specific product. It is best to clean or disinfect the wound with alcohol pads, then pat it dry before finally placing the dressing.
Can this type of wound dressing treat bedsores?
Dressings are one treatment option for pressure ulcers. There are many types of dressings that can be used; these can vary considerably in cost. Alginate dressings are a type that is highly absorbent and so can absorb the fluid (exudate) that is produced by some ulcers.
How long can you leave it on between bandage changes?
It depends on the amount of wound fluid drainage. You may change the bandage when it is about 50% saturated.
Does it matter which side is placed on the wound?
It doesn’t matter. Just make sure to keep the dressing is in place by wrapping another bandage or a layer of gauze dressing for optimal results.
How long does it take to heal a wound with this dressing?
Based on previous experiences by existing customers, it could take about a week or two to heal large wounds. It could be quicker for small wounds.
How does it work?
When placed within the wound bed, alginate dressings react with serum and exudate by exchanging sodium ions with calcium ions that are exuded from the wound. This mechanism promotes accelerated healing of wounds.