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Top Five Silver Alginate Dressings for 2020

Top Five Silver Alginate Dressings for 2020

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Topical antimicrobial dressings are used to prevent and manage infections in a wide range of 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.

What is a Silver Alginate Dressing?

A wide range of non-antimicrobial wound dressings is being used for managing non-infected chronic wounds. They promote wound healing by generating and maintaining a moist environment. Alginate wound dressings are the best example that are used in the management of exudating wounds. The Systagenix Silvercel 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.

Antimicrobials, such as silver are incorporated into the alginate wound dressing for treating at-risk or infected chronic wounds. Alginate wound dressings impregnated with silver have significant benefits in wound care. It ensures the bioavailability of silver at the wound site for a long period of time. This minimizes the nursing time, thus cutting down the healthcare cost. Alginate wound care also reduces the patient’s discomfort which is common during dressing change. Also, silver-containing alginate wound dressings are effective against a wide spectrum of microorganisms. Ferris PolyMem MAX Silver Dressings for infected wounds are the best suited for heavy exudating wounds requiring a long dressing wear time. They contain a mild, non-toxic tissue-friendly cleansing agent, which maintains a clean wound bed.

Thus, silver alginate dressing uses a combination of highly absorbent characteristics of alginate dressings and antimicrobial efficacy of silver bandages. This makes them particularly beneficial in the management of highly exuding wounds.

How is silver incorporated in a dressing?

The silver component of the dressings may appear in the following forms:

  • As a coating on one or both the external surfaces of the dressing (elemental or nanocrystalline silver). Silver laced on the surface of the dressing comes in direct contact with the wound where its antimicrobial action takes place.
  • 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.
  • As a combination of both.


The delivery vehicle or platform is equally important to ensure that the sustainability and efficacy of the antimicrobial (such as silver) can be maintained. So, a variety of silver dressings for wound care are available, including, foam, hydrogels, alginates, hydro fiber, hydrocolloids, and polymeric films. For instance, the Silvasorb Silver Antimicrobial Wound Gel is ideal for lightly draining infected wounds. It combines the antimicrobial benefits of silver with the moisturizing benefits of a hydrogel. The Molnlycke Mepilex Ag Antimicrobial Foam Dressing is used for the treatment of medium-exuding chronic or acute wounds which are infected. It is a combination of the silver’s antimicrobial action and the Safetec technology that rescues pain and skin damage during dressing change.

When to use Silver Alginate Dressings?

Silver alginate dressings are best for:

  • 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 not to use Silver Alginate Dressings?

Silver alginate dressing should not be used in the following cases:

  • No symptoms of localized, spreading or systemic infection;
  • Surgical/small acute wounds at low risk of infection;
  • Chronic wounds 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.

Top Five Silver Alginate Wound Dressings for 2020

At HPFY, we have a wide range of silver alginate wound dressings that play a critical role in wound management and help in preventing infections from most types of bacteria. We have listed five of the best silver alginate dressings for 2020.

1. Cardinal Health Silver Alginate and CMC Wound Dressing

Cardinal Health Silver Alginate and CMC Wound Dressing offer antimicrobial properties that help deter infections in wounds for up to 14 days. This dressing is effective against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Epidermis (MRSE) and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE). It is also ideal for postoperative wounds, trauma wounds, leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, and diabetic ulcers.

Features of Cardinal Health Silver Alginate Dressing

  • Reduces odor primarily caused by bacteria
  • Highly absorbent, fluid which wicks vertically into the dressing, minimizing the possibility of peri-wound skin maceration
  • Controlled silver ion release provides a broad spectrum of antimicrobial protection
  • Can be used for graft and donor sites
  • Absorbency and wet strength are key performance indicators
Cardinal Health Silver Alginate and CMC Wound Dressing
 

2. Safe N Simple Simpurity Silver Alginate Wound Dressing

Safe N Simple Simpurity Silver Alginate Wound Dressing is made of natural fibers derived from seaweed. The dressing absorbs exudates and forms a gel-like covering over the wound, maintaining a moist environment for wound healing. The gel-like surface also keeps the dressing from adhering to the wound so it promotes painless removal. This feature makes dressing changes easier and saves time for both the patient and health care professional.

Features of Safe N Simple Simpurity Silver Alginate Dressing

  • It can inhibit bacteria growing in the wound bed and reduce infection.
  • They are designed to be fast-acting and are highly absorbent
  • Easy to remove from the wound
  • Effective concentration of silver particles to reduce bioburden
  • Has been tested in vitro and found to be effective against multiple bacteria
Safe N Simple Simpurity Silver Alginate Wound Dressing
 

3. Hollister CalciCare Calcium Silver Alginate Dressing

Hollister CalciCare Calcium Silver Alginate Dressing is a sterile, reinforced non-woven alginate dressing composed of a high G (guluronic acid) calcium/sodium alginate. It is highly absorbent with improved wet strength. Calcium Alginate Silver Dressing is effective against a broad spectrum of microorganisms through recommended wear time.

Features of Hollister CalciCare Silver Alginate Dressing

  • Aids autolytic debridement, facilitating wound healing
  • Uniformly absorbs exudates and protects the peri-wound skin
  • Helps maintain a moist wound environment
  • Calcium alginate material is highly absorbent and creates a conformable protective gel when in contact with exudate
  • Silver ions are released in the presence of wound exudate
Hollister CalciCare Calcium Silver Alginate Dressing
 

4. Abena Calcium Alginate Dressing with Silver

Abena Silver Calcium Alginate Dressing is made of natural fibers derived from seaweed. Silver Calcium Alginate Dressing is designed to be highly absorbent and form a gel-like covering over the wound, helping to maintain a moist environment that promotes wound healing. The gel-like surface also helps keep the dressing from adhering to the wound, which aids to minimize discomfort upon removal.

Features of Abena Alginate Dressing With Silver

  • Highly flexible dressing
  • Natural calcium alginate fibers
  • Advanced wound care treatment
  • Lasting protection - wear up to 7 days
  • Helps maintain a moist environment to promote healing
Abena Calcium Alginate Dressing With Silver
 

5. Systagenix Silvercel Antimicrobial Alginate Dressing

Systagenix Silvercel Antimicrobial Alginate Dressing is a non-woven, sterile pad composed of high G (guluronic acid) alginate, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and silver-coated nylon fibers. Its unique composition is designed to manage exudate and help control infected or heavily colonized wounds. Antimicrobial action, excellent fluid handling capacity and high wet tensile strength make Silvercel Antimicrobial Dressing suitable for the management of chronic wounds.

Features of Systagenix Silvercel Alginate Dressing

  • Forms a gel on contact with exudate, making the dressing suitable for minor bleeding wounds and infected wounds
  • Minimizes the leakage and risk of maceration
  • Proven to absorb and retain fluid even under compression
  • Designed not to break up in the wound
  • Maintains strength within a moist wound environment
Systagenix Silvercel Antimicrobial Alginate Dressing
 

 

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