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Silver-coated Antimicrobial Barrier Dressing



ACTICOAT Post-Op is an absorbent post-operative dressing consisting of the following:

  • A Nanocrystalline silver-coated polyurethane layer
  • A white polyurethane foam pad
  • An adhesive coated waterproof polyurethane film layer

ACTICOAT Post-Op provides an effective barrier to bacterial penetration. In the presence of exudate the dressing will help maintain a moist wound environment. ACTICOAT Post-Op may be left in place over a wound for up to 7 days.


ACTICOAT Post-Op Dressing is indicated for use in light to moderately exuding partial and full thickness wounds including decubitus ulcers, diabetic ulcers, surgical wounds, 1st and 2nd degree burns, and donor sites. ACTICOAT Post-Op Dressing may be used over debrided and partial thickness wounds.


  • Do not use on patients with a known sensitivity to silver
  • Do not use on patients during MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) examination
  • Prior to commencing radiation therapy remove ACTICOAT Post-Op. A new dressing can be applied following treatment


  • For external use only
  • ACTICOAT Post-Op is not compatible with oil-base products such as petrolatum
  • ACTICOAT Post-Op may not be compatible with topical antimicrobials
  • Do not use ACTICOAT Post-Op with saline
  • ACTICOAT Post-Op is not compatible with oxidizing agents (eg. EUSOL) as these can break down the absorbent polyurethane component of the dressing
  • Avoid contact with electrodes or conductive gels during electronic measurements eg. EEG and ECG
  • ACTICOAT Post-Op Dressings are not intended to provide treatment for infected wounds
  • ACTICOAT Post-Op Dressings may be used on infected wounds which are being managed in accordance with institutional clinical protocols for infection abatement as an adjunct to the standard treatment regimen to provide a barrier to bacterial infection
  • As with all inappropriate use or too frequent dressing changes, particularly on patients with fragile skin, can result in skin stripping. If reddening or sensitization occur, discontinue use
  • ACTICOAT Post-Op should only be used in premature infants (<3weeks gestation) when clinical benefit outweighs any potential patient risks

Ordering information

Product # Size Units
66001770 10cm X 12cm 1 bx/5 dressings
66001771 10cm X 20cm 1 bx/5 dressings
66001772 10cm X 25cm 1 bx/5 dressings

Instructions for use


Where required, wound cleansing should be performed according to local clinical protocol using sterile water only. Choose a dressing where the pad is larger than the wound. Remove the ACTICOAT Post-Op Dressing from the pack using an aseptic technique. The dressing should not be moistened prior to use as it is indicated for use on wounds where there is some exudate present.

Step 1


Remove the first release paper. Place the silver layer in intimate contact with the wound bed. ensuring the entire surface is covered.

Step 2


Remove the second release paper and smooth the dressing down trying to avoid ridging of the film.

Step 3


Remove the top printed carrier marked "2". To remove the dressing, lift one corner and slowly stretch the film in a motion that is parallel to the skin.


  • The dressing should be changed at least every 7 days, but will require earlier changing if a strike through of exudate occurs
  • The dressing may adhere if used on lightly exuding wounds. If the dressing is not easily removed moisten or soak to assist removal and avoid disruption of the wound
  • ACTICOAT Post-Op may cause transient discoloration of the surrounding skin