Providing a moist environment

  • Description
  • Benefits
  • Indications
  • In Practice

Extra-thin hydrocolloid dressing:

  • Provides a moist environment
  • Is waterproof and bacteriaproof
  • Is transparent for better wound monitoring


Algoplaque Thin is a semi-permeable, sterile hydrocolloid dressing:

  • The inner layer is composed of hydrocolloid particles (carboxymethylcellulose) incorporated in an elastomer mesh.
  • The outer backing layer is a semi-permeable polyurethane

Mode of action

When in contact with the wound, the hydrocolloid particles absorb exudate gradually, forming a moist gel and creating the optimal conditions for the healing process in terms of moisture, temperature and pH. This gel is non-adherent, which allows the dressing to be removed without damaging the wound.

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Benefits for the wound

  • Moist wound healing
  • Absorption and drainage of exudate
  • Atraumatic removal (tangential removal)
  • Bacteria proof (protection from external contaminants)

benefits-for-professionnalBenefits for health professionals

  • Good exudate management
  • Easy to monitor when dressing change necessary (transparent film)
  • Good adhesion, preventing “roll-back” of edges due to friction or incontinence
  • Very conformable
  • Can be used in awkward areas e.g. hip or heel region
  • Convenient (no need for additional dressing retention)

benefits-for-patientBenefits for patients

  • Waterproof for showering and bathing
  • Atraumatic removal (tangential removal)
  • Very conformable

Algoplaque Thin is indicated for the local treatment of :

  • superficial low exuding acute wounds (dermabrasions, traumatic wounds), and chronic wounds (pressure ulcers, leg ulcers),
  • wounds at the stage of epithelialisation,
  • and sutured surgical wounds.


Algoplaque Thin should not be used when infection is present or if the peri-wound skin is fragile or damaged.

Instructions for use

  • Clean the wound as per local protocol and rinse with normal saline.
  • If an antiseptic is first used, rinse the wound thoroughly with saline solution before applying Algoplaque Thin.
  • Dry the surrounding skin carefully with a sterile compress.
  • Ensure the size of Algoplaque Thin chosen is large enough to leave 2 to 3cm of the dressing overlapping the healthy skin around the wound.

  • Remove the protective films and apply Algoplaque Thin to the wound without any tension, making sure not to touch the adhesive part with the fingers.
  • Smooth the dressing gently over the wound and more firmly around the edges covering surrounding skin.
  • Algoplaque Thin should be changed every 4 to 6 days on average, on an uninfected wound, dependent on exudate level.
  • To remove Algoplaque Thin, stretch the dressing by pulling each side and it will lift slowly and gently from the wound (tangential removal).

Precautions for use

  • When the dressing is removed, the wound may be covered with a gelatinous coating which will be removed easily simply by cleaning.
  • If the wound becomes infected, the use of Algoplaque Thin should be discontinued.
  • The application of compression therapy is still necessary when treating a venous leg ulcer, despite prescribing Algoplaque Thin.
  • The use of Algoplaque Thin on a pressure ulcer does not dispense with the need for regular nursing care.
  • Algoplaque Thin should be stored flat, away from heat and moisture.
  • Discard any unused parts of the dressing.
  • Check that the sterility protector is intact before use.
  • Single use sterile individual packaging: re-using a single use dressing may lead to risks of infection.
  • Do not re-sterilise the dressing.
  • Do not use in a hyperbaric chamber.

algoplaque_filmSizes available

  • 5 cm x10 cm
  • 5 cm x20 cm
  • 10 cm x10 cm
  • 15 cm x15 cm
  • 20 cm x20 cm

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Last update : January 19, 2021