Antibacterial efficacy for exuding wounds

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Absorbent calcium alginate and hydrocolloid dressing with silver

Preparing exuding wounds at risk of infection for healing

  • Broad spectrum antibacterial activity
  • Absorption of exudate
  • Facilitates desloughing and healing
  • One piece removal
  • Haemostatic properties

Absorption capacity

Urgosorb Ag/Silver has the greater absorption capacity of 26.6 g/100 cm2. This is due to the high content of Guluronic acid in the alginate used for Urgosorb Ag/Silver combined with hydrocolloid.

URGOSORBsilverComposition

Urgosorb Ag/Silver is an absorbent dressing which combines calcium alginate fibres, hydrocolloid and silver particles (0.5% ionic silver).

Mode of action

When in contact with exudate, there is an exchange of sodium-calcium ions between the wound and the dressing. The UrgoSorb Ag/Silver gels and this maintains the moist environment favourable for the healing process.
UrgoSorb Ag/Silver absorbs the exudate, softens and drains any necrotic debris. Through platelet activation, the Urgosorb Ag/Silver dressing promotes primary haemostasis of acute and chronic bleeding wounds.

As the wound exudate is absorbed and Urgosorb Ag/Silver forms a gel, the Silver ions are gradually released from both within the dressing and at the wound interface. This helps prevent bacterial contamination of the dressing and also locks bacteria away from the wound, causing a barrier effect.


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Benefits for the wound

  • Broad spectrum antibacterial efficacy, including MRSA
  • Exudate management (vertical absorption protecting peri-wound skin from maceration)
  • Moist wound healing
  • Haemostatic properties

benefits-for-professionnalBenefits for health professionals

  • Broad spectrum antibacterial efficacy, including MRSA
  • Debridement capability
  • Absorption of exudate
  • One piece removal
  • Moist wound healing
  • Haemostatic properties
  • Easy to apply and to remove
  • Atraumatic dressing changes
  • Can be used under compression
  • Clinically proven

benefits-for-patientBenefits for patients

  • Atraumatic dressing changes
  • Comfortable and well tolerated

UrgoSorb Ag/Silver is indicated for moderate to heavily exuding wounds at risk of infection (partial to full thickness wounds including post-operative and traumatic wounds, superficial and partial thickness burns, cavity wounds, pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers, grafts and donor sites). UrgoSorb Ag/Silver contains alginate and can therefore be used for minor superficial bleeding wounds.

Contraindications

Urgosorb Ag/Silver is contraindicated for the endo-nasal cavity and rhinoplastic surgery, surgical implants, dry and low exuding wounds, control of heavy bleeding and patients with a known sensitivity to alginates or silver.

Instructions for use

  • Clean the wound as per local protocol and rinse with normal saline. Dry the surrounding skin carefully.
  • If an antiseptic is first used, rinse the wound thoroughly with saline solution before applying Urgosorb Ag/Silver.
  • Choose the appropriate size of Urgosorb Ag/Silver so as to leave at least 1 or 2 cm of the dressing covering healthy skin around the wound.
  • Apply Urgosorb Ag/Silver directly onto the wound.
  • For deep or tunnel wounds (anfractuous pressure ulcers, pilonidal sinus), apply Urgosorb Ag/Silver rope loosely without any excessive pressure.
  • Cover Urgosorb Ag/Silver with a secondary dressing
  • Secure the dressing in place with a suitable bandage, adhesive tape, or apply compression bandage if prescribed.
  • Urgosorb Ag/Silver should be changed every 1 to 3 days, and up to 7 days depending on the clinical condition of the wound.
  • For leg ulcers, Urgosorb Ag/Silver may be moistened with saline solution to ease the removal if necessary.

Precautions for use

  • Treatment with Urgosorb Ag/Silver should be carried out under medical supervision.
  • In the event of a clinical infection, topical silver does not replace the need for systemic therapy or adequate infection treatment.
  • Concomitant use with other local treatments is not recommended.
  • Clinicians / Healthcare Professionals should be aware that there is very limited data on the prolonged and repeated use of dressings which contain silver, particularly on children and neonates.
  • Avoid contact with electrodes or conducting gels, during electronic measurements (EEG, ECG).
  • Do not use on patients undergoing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) examination.
  • The performance of Urgosorb Ag/Silver may be impaired by excess use of petroleum-based ointments.
  • Urgosorb Ag/Silver should be stored away from heat and moisture.
  • UrgoSorb Ag/Silver is indicated for external use only.
  • Discard any unused parts of the dressing.
  • Check that the sterility protector is intact before use.
  • Sterile individual packaging, for single use: re-using a single use dressing may lead to risks of infection.
  • Do not re-sterilise the dressing.

urgosorb_silver_10x12Sizes available

Pad:

  • 5 cm x 5 cm
  • 10 cm x 10 cm
  • 10 cm x 20 cm

Rope:

  • 2.5 cm x 30 cm

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Product

What is UrgoSorb Ag/Silver?

UrgoSorb Ag/Silver is an absorbent dressing which combines calcium aginate with hydrocolloid and silver particles.

How does UrgoSorb work?

When in contact with exudate, there is an exchange of sodium-calcium ions between the wound and the dressing. The UrgoSorb Ag/Silver gels and this maintains the moist environment favourable for the healing process.
UrgoSorb Ag/Silver absorbs the exudate, softens and drains any necrotic debris. Through platelet activation, UrgoSorb Ag/Silver dressing promotes primary haemostasis of acute and chronic bleeding wounds.
As wound exudate is absorbed and Urgosorb Ag/Silver forms a gel, the Silver ions are gradually released within the dressing and at the wound interface. This helps to prevent bacterial contamination of the dressing and locks bacteria away from the wound, causing a barrier effect.

What is the absorption capacity of UrgoSorb Ag/Silver compared to other dressings?

UrgoSorb Ag/Silver absorbs 26.6 g/10x10cm dressing, more than hydrofibre dressings (Aquacel Ag 17.5g/dressing).

What is the difference between UrgoSorb Ag/Silver and hydrofibre dressings?

Hydrofibre dressings contain hydrocolloid fibres which gel and maintain a moist environment and absorb exudate.
Dressings containing calcium alginate also have haemostatic, desloughing properties and can be removed in one piece.

Indications

When should I use UrgoSorb Ag/Silver?

UrgoSorb Ag/Silver is indicated for moderate to heavily exuding wounds at risk of infection (partial to full thickness wounds including post-operative and traumatic wounds, superficial and partial thickness burns, cavity wounds, pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers, grafts and donor sites). UrgoSorb Ag/Silver contains alginate and can therefore be used for minor superficial bleeding wounds.

Can I use UrgoSorb Ag/Silver with a gel?

Yes, it can be combined with a hydrogel.

What are the contraindications of UrgoSorb Ag/Silver?

Urgosorb Ag/Silver is contraindicated for the endo-nasal cavity in rhinoplastic surgery, surgical implants, dry and low exuding wounds, control of heavy bleeding and patients with a known sensitivity to alginates or silver.

Use

Can I cut UrgoSorb Ag/Silver?

Yes. Cutting Urgosorb Ag/Silver does not affect the action or benefits of the dressing.

How can I secure UrgoSorb Ag/Silver?

Secure the dressing in place with a suitable bandage, adhesive tape, or a compression bandage when prescribed.

Can I use UrgoSorb Ag/Silver under compression?

Yes. Compression bandages do not affect the action or benefits of the dressing.

When should I change UrgoSorb Ag/Silver?

Urgosorb Ag/Silver should be changed every 1 to 3 days, and up to 7 days depending on the clinical condition of the wound.

Last update : November 23, 2017