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Medline Maxorb Extra Ag Silver Alginate Antimicrobial Sheet Wound Dressing is used for moderate to heavily draining wounds. It is a highly absorbent dressing that provides an antibacterial barrier to combat the bacteria absorbed in the wound exudate. CMC fiber present improves vertical wicking, fluid-handling ability as well as wet strength. Wound exudate mixes with the dressing and forms a gel that will not wick out, reducing the potential for damage to the peri-wound skin.
Reducing bioburden in a wound is one of the key factors in helping it to heal. If too many body resources are devoted to fight invaders, fewer resources are available to help the body heal itself.
Silver has long been known as an antimicrobial, but it has two inherent weaknesses: the body metabolizes it quickly and it can be cytotoxic. Maxorb Extra Ag Dressing releases silver in extremely small amounts that do not damage the healthy tissue. Yet it still acts as an extremely effective antimicrobial.
Maxorb Extra Ag is seeded with an ionic silver compound known as silver sodium hydrogen zirconium phosphate. The ionic silver compound is unusual as it is activated by sodium and not by water. Exposure to the sodium in wound exudate helps stimulate the continuous release of silver ions, thereby providing antimicrobial protection over a broad spectrum of bacteria and fungi, including MRSA and VRE. Maxorb Extra Ag is non-irritating, biocompatible, non-sensitizing and will not harm new granulation tissues.
The blend of non-woven alginate and carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) fiber is far more absorbent than other alginate dressings. When wound fluid is absorbed by the alginate, it forms a gel and assists in maintaining a moist environment for optimal wound healing. The added presence of CMC improves the gelling and fluid handling capability as well as adds up improved wet strength. It also allows intact, one-piece removal.
Step 1 - Remove the dressing from the package
Step 2 - Apply the dressing to the wound, covering all areas of the wound with slight overlap to periwound skin. For deep wounds, loosely fill the wound.
Step 3 - Cover with an appropriate secondary dressing.
Recommended Secondary Dressings:
Modified Asepsis Index:
Asepsis index is a measure of 10 wound healing parameters. A lower score is preferable.
Maxorb Extra Ag Safety Data Sheet
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