Will this dressing allow the skin to close over the wound properly?
Yes. This dressing promotes efficient and fast healing with its silver and alginate components locking in moisture for better wound fluid.
Does the silver burn?
Not at all. Irrigate the wound with saline for virtually painless removal.
How would I know if the silver alginate dressing doesn’t trigger an allergy?
Since few people may be allergic to silver, 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. The best practice is to use a whole dressing for heavy wounds as it could speed up the healing process.
What are the directions for using this product?
- Clean the wound area and pat it dry.
- Then carefully place the silver 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 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 the wounds.
Why does silver help heal wounds?
Silver, as a topical antimicrobial agent, has been used in wound care for over hundreds of years. The active agents, silver ions, are effective in killing microbes instantly by blocking the respiratory enzyme system whilst remaining non-toxic to surrounding tissues.
Is silver alginate a debrider?
Yes. The Silver Alginate Dressing helps improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissues, by removing dead, damaged, or infected tissues.
How long should I keep the silver alginate dressing on?
For best results, change the dressing every one to three days, or when fluid starts to seep out from the edges of the dressings.
How is silver incorporated in a dressing?
Within the structure of the dressing, either as a coating on dressing material (elemental or compound silver), within the space of the dressing material (elemental or compound silver), or as a compound that forms a part of the dressing structure (e.g. Silver alginate). Silver within the dressing structure acts on bacteria absorbed into the dressing with the wound exudate but may get diffused to some extent into the wound.
When to use Silver Alginate Dressings?
- Acute wounds, such as surgical or traumatic wounds and burns;
- Chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, arterial leg/foot ulcers.
- Systemic infection, involving severe sepsis and multiple organ dysfunctions.
- In cases of infected acute or chronic wounds obstructed from healing by microorganisms, a silver dressing reduces bioburden.
- In cases of acute or chronic wounds at a high risk of infection or re-infection, a silver dressing acts as an antimicrobial barrier.
When should I avoid using Silver Alginate Dressings?
Here are the instances where you must avoid using the dressing:
- when there are no symptoms of localized, spreading or systemic infection
- surgical/small acute wounds at low risk of infection
- chronic wound healing as per comorbidities and age
- patients sensitive to silver or any of the dressing components
- during pregnancy or lactation; and when contraindicated by the manufacturer.
Does it deodorize the wound?
Yes. The Silver Alginate Dressing reduces odor, which is primarily caused by bacteria.
Is the dressing woven?
No. The Silver Alginate Wound Dressing is made of soft non-woven fibers derived from brown seaweed.
Can I use this in managing highly exuding wounds?
Alginate wound dressings are the best example that is used in the management of exudating wounds. The Care Touch Silver Alginate Wound Dressing is meant for exudating infected chronic wounds. Its antimicrobial action, fluid absorbing capacity, and high wet tensile strength enable the correct management of chronic wounds.