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Acticoat* Absorbent

Acticoat* Absorbent

Acticoat* Absorbent
This information is intended for Healthcare Professionals only

Acticoat* Absorbent

Acticoat Absorbent with SILCRYST TM nanocrystals is an absorbent alginate dressing incorporating nanocrystalline silver on both sides of the dressing to provide antimicrobial protection and absorbency.

  • Highly absorbent alginate
  • Nanocrystalline Silver Antimicrobial barrier
  • Fast-acting
  • Long-lasting
  • Effective barrier to over 150 pathogens in vitro 1,2
  • Helps prevent infection
  • Reduces risk of colonization
  • Effective barrier to bacterial penetration
  • Helps maintain a moist wound environment
  • Easy to use
  • Low adherence to the moist wound
  • Calcium alginate fabric
  • Absorbs exudate 3
  • Fast-acting, kills bacteria in as little as 2hrs 4 in vitro.
  • Acticoat Absorbent dressing provides a long-lasting antimicrobial barrier 5 which helps to prevent and reduce infection.
  • Sustained release of silver into the dressing and to the wound bed 6 to provide antimicrobial protection.
  • Dressing can remain in place for up to 7 days 3,7,8,9 depending on the nature of the wound and level of exudate present.
  • Helps to maintain moist wound healing environment 10, to assist faster healing.
  • Prevents and reduces infection. 4,11,12
  • Conforms to wound contours.
  • Does not adhere to the delicate tissues in the wound bed. 7

As an antimicrobial absorbent dressing over partial and full thickness wounds such as:Pressure Ulcers, Venous Ulcers, Diabetic Ulcers, Burns, Donor and Recipient Graft Sites and Cavity wounds.

Acticoat Absorbent may be used on infected wounds. Where the product is used on infected wounds the infection should be inspected and treated as per local clinical protocol.

Contraindications / Precautions


  • Whilst Acticoat Absorbent assists in the management of wounds prone to minor bleeding, it is not intended to be used as a surgical sponge or to achieve haemostasis in heavily bleeding wounds.
  • Acticoat Absorbent is not compatible with oil-based products, such as petrolatum
  • Avoid contact with electrodes or conductive gels during electronic measurements e.g. EEG and ECG.
  • Do not use if product colour is not uniform.
  • Ensure that the packing in cavities, sinuses etc has been removed.
  • The dressing may adhere if used on very lightly exuding wounds. If the dressing is not easily removed, moisten it with sterile water then remove.

  • Do not use on patients with a known sensitivity to silver or alginates
  • Do not use on patients undergoing MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) examination
  • Do not use on dry or non-exuding wounds

Nanocrystalline Silver is a patented technology of NUCRYST Pharmaceuticals Corp.
TM SILCRYST is a trademark of NUCRYST Pharaceuticals Corp, used under licence
Catalogue # Description Size UOM Pack Qty Shipper Qty
66001760 ACTICOAT Absorbent Antimicrobial Dressing 5cm x 5cm x 5 dressings Pack 1 20
66000841 ACTICOAT Absorbent Antimicrobial Dressing 10cm x 12.5cm x 5 dressings Pack 1 20
66000840 ACTICOAT Absorbent Antimicrobial Dressing 2cm x 30cm x 5 dressings Pack 1 20

Clinical Support

Acticoat* Absorbent
This information is intended for Healthcare Professionals only

Clinical Support

1. Wright et al.-Wound Management in an era of increasing bacterial antibiotic resistance: A role for topical silver treatment, American Journal of Infection Control 1998; 26(6): 572-577.

2. Wright et al.-Efficacy of topical silver against fungal burn wound pathogens, American Journal of Infection Control 1999; 27(4): 344-350.

3. Data on File Report - 0403002. Acticoat Absorbent Dressing Physical Properties. Nicky Bunting

4. Data on File Report - 0403005. Acticoat Absorbent Dressing. Bacterial Log reduction testing. Nicky Bunting

5. Data on File Report - 0403003. Acticoat Absorbent Dressing Corrected Zone of Inhibition. Nicky Bunting

6. Data on File Report - 0403004. Acticoat Absorbent Dressing Silver Dissolution testing. Nicky Bunting

7. Scurr J.H. et al.-A comparison of Calcium Alginate and Hydrocolloid Dressings in the management of Chronic Venous Ulcers, WOUNDS 1994; 6:1, 1-8.

8. Cihantimur, B et al.-Comparing Kaltostat with Jelonet in the treatment of split-thickness skin graft donor sites, European Journal of Plastic Surgery, 1997; 20: 260-263.

9. O'Donoghue J.M et al.-Calcium Alginate Dressings promote healing of split skin graft donor sites, Acute Chirurgiae Plasticae, 1997; 39:2, 53-55.

10. Thomas, S.-Alginate Dressings in surgery and wound management - Part 1, Journal of Wound Care, 2000; 9:2, 56-60.

11. Burrell et al.-Efficacy of Silver-Coated Dressings as Bacterial Barriers in a Rodent Burn Sepsis Model, WOUNDS 1999; 11(4):64-71.

12. Tredget et al.-A Matched-Pair, Randomized Study Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of Acticoat Silver-Coated Dressing for the Treatment of Burn Wounds, Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation 1998; 19(6): 531-537.

Instructions for Use

Acticoat* Absorbent
This information is intended for Healthcare Professionals only

Cleanse the wound using conventional, non oil-based techniques and leave the wound moist.
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Remove Acticoat* Absorbent Dressing from the package.
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Apply the dressing to the wound, either side down, and secure with an appropriate secondary dressing that will maintain a moist environment.
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Ensure the dressing remains moist, but not so wet that tissue maceration occurs.
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Change the dressing depending on the amount of exudate and the condition of the wound.
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If the dressing dries and adheres to the wound, moisten or soak the dressing prior to removal.
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Avoid forceful removal of the dressing and disruption of the healing wound.
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