Reviewed by Christine Kijek, Registered Colorectal Nurse, on August 29, 2022
Alginate dressings are light, nonwoven seaweed derivatives used on heavily exudating wounds. These are available in many forms and types, one of which is silver alginate dressing.
Silver has been around for over 200 years and is known globally for treating infected wounds. Alginates with silver dressing are popular for their antimicrobial action, fluid absorbing capacity, and high wet tensile strength making them an effective option to manage chronic wounds.
These sliver dressings are effective against a wide spectrum of microorganisms. They contain silver chloride, a cleansing agent to keep the wound free from bacteria. In essence, silver alginate dressing combines the highly absorbent characteristics of alginate dressings and the antimicrobial properties of silver bandages, making it beneficial for infected wounds.
The silver ions in the dressings may appear in the following forms:
Silver alginates play a critical role in wound management and help in preventing infections from most types of bacteria. Here are five of our best silver alginate dressings.
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It is a non-woven, non-adherent pad made ofalginate and silver-coated nylon fibers. It comes with an EASYLIFT precision film technology and provides effective protection against wound pathogens. Silvercel Non Adherent is a 29% more absorbent option than the Aquacel Ag.
Silvercel 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 suitable for the management of chronic wounds.
As one of the best antimicrobial silver alginate dressing available it is ideal to use on wound with heavy exudates. It forms a soothing, gel-like consistency when comes in contact with moisture, yet maintains integrity for convenient removal.
This alginate dressing features optimum absorption for infected sloughed wounds and cavity filling. It is ideally used on infected wounds with excessive exudate. The Biatain foam dressing can be used on pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, donor sites, traumatic wounds, and second-degree burns, to name a few.
It 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, promoting painless removal. This feature makes dressing changes easier and saves the patient and the health care professional time.
Silver alginate dressings are best for:
Sliver alginates should not be used in the following cases:
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