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Specialised Absorbent Dressing with Anti-Shear Layer


Specialised Absorbent Dressing with Anti-Shear Layer

This information is intended for Health Professionals only.




Exu-Dry* is a one-piece wound dressing made up of multi-layers. Exu-Dry speciality, upper extremities dressings are designed to conform readily and comfortably to the contours of the upper limbs.

Exu-Dry is a highly absorbent rayon/cellulose blend sandwiched with a layer of antishear high density polyethylene, a high density polyethylene outer and a wound contact layer of high density polyethylene.





- Anti Shear Layer

- Highly Absorbent

- Non Adherent

- Permeable

- Non Occlusive

- Compatible with topical agents





- Exu-Dry is a unique one-piece wound dressing designed to help reduce pain and trauma, save nursing time and lower total dressing costs by replacing multiple layers. Exu-Dry replaces multiple layers of gauze and abdominal or surgical pads.

- Non-adherent to the wound, Exu-Dry is more comfortable for patients during and between dressing changes. The Anti Shear Layer reduces friction and shearing and helps protect the wound. Exu-Dry's one-piece multi-layer sealed construction eliminates frayed edges, loose threads and linting. Exu-Dry will not disturb new granulation tissue thereby supporting the healing process.

- Highly absorbent, Exu-Dry reduces the risk of maceration and irritation to the wound and surrounding tissue. Exu-Dry wicks away drainage from the wound into the entire dressing, reducing the frequency of dressing changes.

- Non-occlusive, soft and pliable, Exu-Dry is available in a wide range of sizes and shapes to accommodate virtually any wound or body contour. Also, Exu-Dry is permeable and non-occlusive, and it can be used as a wet or dry dressing on clean or contaminated wounds.

- Exu-Dry is compatible with most topical agents, liquids and creams.

Contraindications / Precautions



- During the body's normal healing process, unnecessary material is removed from the wound which will make the wound appear larger after the first few dressing changes. If the wound continues to get larger after the first few dressing changes, consult an appropriate healthcare professional.

- Should any signs of irritation (redness, swelling, increased burning sensation), maceration (over-hydration of the skin), hyper-granulation (excess tissue) or sensitivity (allergic reactions) appear, discontinue use and consult an appropriate healthcare professional.

- Petroleum jelly based impregnated dressings should not be used with Exu-Dry as this may intefere with its absorbency.
Code Description Items per unit
  Full and Medium relate to levels of
5999003 7.5cm (3") Disc - Medium 1 drsg
5999034 7.5cm x 10cm (3" x 4") - Full 1 drsg
5999004120 10cm x 15cm (4" x 6") - Full 1 drsg
5999006 15cm x 22.5cm (6" x 9") - Full 1 drsg
5999009 22.5cm x 37.5cm (9" x 15") - Full 1 drsg
5999018 37.5cm x 45cm (15" x 18") - Full 1 drsg
5999024 37.5cm x 60cm (15" x 24") - Full 1 drsg
5999028 50cm x 70cm (20" x 28") - Full 1 drsg
5999M28 50cm x 70cm (20" x 28") - Medium 1 drsg
5999PTM 5cm x 7.5cm (2" x 3") 1 drsg
5999034S 7.5cm x 10cm (3" x 4") - Full 1 drsg
5999003S 7.5cm Slit Disc (3") - Medium 1 drsg
5999INC9 7.5cm x 22.5cm (3" x 9") - Full 1 drsg
5999LPG Padded Hand Dressing (Large) 1 drsg
5999LPL Leg Dressing 1 drsg
5999M36 60cm x 90cm (24" x 36")
Non-Permeable, Heavy Absorb.
1 drsg
5999L73 90cm x 180cm (36" x 27")
Non-Permeable with Straps
1 drsg

Clinical Support

Specialised Absorbent Dressing with Anti-Shear Layer

This information is intended for Health Professionals only.

Clinical Support

Paper title: Case studies: Considering dressing options
Authors: Brown-Etris M, Smith JA, Pasceri P, Punchello M
Publication: Ostomy Wound Manage. 1994 Jun; 40(5): 46-48, 50-52.

Paper Title: Use of Exu-Dry in the management of a variety of exuding wounds
Author: Edwards J
Publication: British Journal of Nursing. 2001 Jun 28-Jul 11; 10(12): 815-8
Study abstract: Exu-Dry is a relatively new product that is designed to manage a variety of exuding wounds. It is a one-piece, multilayer, highly absorbent, non-adherent wound dressing. It is unique in construction, and incorporates a non-adherent wound contact layer which, it is suggested, makes dressing changes less painful and traumatic. This article explores the use of Exu-Dry in wounds, including heavily exuding wounds, burns, pressure ulcers, skin grafts, donor sites and fungating wounds.

Paper title: Wound coverage: is there a difference?
Authors: Hastings B, Roth A, Nolan D, Miller S
Publication: Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation. 1996 Sep-Oct;17(5):416-20.
Study abstract: Many different wound-covering materials, making various claims regarding wound healing effectiveness, are currently available. However, no controlled, comparison trials have been performed to document these claims. This prospective, randomized study was undertaken to compare wound healing among several synthetic burn dressings. Micrografts were placed on 20 New Zealand white rabbits, then randomly covered with four commonly used synthetic burn dressings, to evaluate the impact on wound healing. No statistically significant difference in wound healing was observed among the dressings. With equal wound healing, the choice of wound coverage should be based on other factors such as availability, cost, and handling properties of the dressing.


Instructions for Use

Specialised Absorbent Dressing with Anti-Shear Layer

This information is intended for Health Professionals only.

Step 1: Using a full absorbency Exu-Dry* dressing, select a size slightly larger than the wound.

Step 2: Place onto wound.

Step 3: Exu-Dry dressings may be used as a Wet or Dry dressing:
  • Dry: A variety of topical agents may be applied directly on the wound or buttered on to the dressing.
  • Wet: Submerge in liquid topical agent and gently squeeze out (do not ring out) excess fluid.
  • Secondary dressing: May be used in combination with other products ( calcium alginates, gels, foams, etc.) that have been used to pack a wound.

Step 4: Good wound contact is essential: Secure in place with Hypafix# tape (window pane) or use a light wrap of roll gauze.

Step 5: We recommend daily dressing changes per your institution's protocols.
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