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CLOSER TO ZERO Wound infection


ACTICOAT dressings have a unique nanocrystalline structure for consistent delivery of silver. For use up to 7 days1-4, they are clinically effective against over 150 pathogens*2-3, 5-9 and can be bactericidal in 30 minutes*5-6, 10-11.


Acute burn wound management

Reduced use of antibiotics to help lower drug resistance in P.aerunginosa, with a potential 23% total treatment cost reduction**12

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Partial thickness burns

May reduce hospital length of stay, infections and required surgical procedures compared to Mepilex(TM) Ag and Aquacel(TM) Ag13

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Antimicrobial dressings are an effective barrier for wounds at high risk of infection14

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Patient comfort and change frequency

For use up to 7 days, minimising the trauma of dressing changes and facilitating faster healing15

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ACTICOAT demonstrates less risk of resistance, compared with other silver dressings16

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*in vitro.
**measured over 2 years.


This information is intended for health care professionals only.

*The decision to use Smith+Nephew products should be made by a healthcare professional, in line with applicable local protocols.  Smith+Nephew products should always be used for the indications set out in the applicable instructions for use.



1) Westaim Report Ref. #010322 ‘Seven Day Efficacy of ACTICOAT 7 Dressings Against Multiple Organisms’.
2) Driffield, K; Antimicrobial activity of ACTICOAT Flex 7 against a broad spectrum of wound pathogens, Data on file 0810012, Smith & Nephew.
3) Driffield, K; Antimicrobial activity of ACTICOAT Flex 7 dressings in a seven-day repeat challenge, Data on file 0810013, Smith & Nephew.
4) Daubney, L: Silver Release Testing of ACTICOAT Flex 7 Dressings. Report reference DS/08/062/R2.
5) Wright et al (1998) ‘Wound management in an era of increasing bacterial antibiotic resistance: A role for topical silver treatment’, American Journal of Infection Control: 26(6):572-577.
6) Wright et al (1998) 'Efficacy of topical silver against fungal burn wound pathogens', American Journal of Infection Control (1999); 27(4): 344-350.
7) Driffield, K; Antimicrobial Activity of ACTICOAT Flex 3 against a Broad Spectrum of Wound Pathogens, Data on File reference 0810016.
8) Driffield, K; Antimicrobial activity of ACTICOAT Flex 3 in a three-day repeat challenge, Data on file 0810017, Smith & Nephew.
9) Westaim (Sherritt) Report Ref: 93/001 'Broad Spectrum Efficacy'.
10) Driffield, K; ACTICOAT Flex 3 has antimicrobial activity in 30 minutes, Data on file 0810018, Smith & Nephew.
11) Driffield, K; ACTICOAT Flex 7 has antimicrobial activity in 30 minutes, Data on file 0810014, Smith & Nephew.
12) Glik J, Łabuś W, Kitala D, et al. A 2000 patient retrospective assessment of a new strategy for burn wound management in view of infection prevention and treatment. Int Wound J. 2017 Dec 15.
13) Nherera, L et al: Silver delivery approaches in the management of partial thickness burns: A systematic review and indirect treatment comparison. Wound Rep Reg, 2017; doi: 10.1111/wrr.12559.
14) International consensus (2012): Appropriate use of silver dressings in wounds. Wounds International.
15) Upton D (2010): Pain and stress as contributors to delayed wound healing. Wound Practice and Research.
16) Chopra (2007): Increasing use of silver-based products. Jnl. Anti Chem.