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Odour Absorbent Dressing (Charcoal)



CARBONET Activated Charcoal Odour Adsorbent Dressing: CARBONET dressings have been designed to facilitate easier wound management and a reduction in nursing time in the treatment of malodorous and infected wounds. They utilise the important, well-proven benefits of an activated charcoal layer, with the additional features of absorbency and non-adherency. The dressings create a favourable environment for wound healing, whilst being cost effective and easy to use.


  • Activated charcoal layer
  • Wound contact layer
  • Absorbent padding layer
  • Absorbs bacteria and offensive odours
  • Flexible and conformable


CARBONET has excellent absorptive capacity and can absorb the heavy viscous exudate typically found in leg ulcers and other chronic wounds.

Contains Activated Charcoal Cloth
Activated charcoal has a well proven ability to absorb bacteria and embarrassing odours from infected or contaminated wounds.

Features Tricotex* wound contact layer with its excellent non-adherent properties.

Easy to Apply and Retain
The composite structure of CARBONET gives all the benefits of separate wound contact layer absorbent pad and odour adsorbing material, but it is much quicker and easier to apply than three separate dressings.

The dressing is conformable and can be cut to fit wounds which are awkwardly situated.

Cost Effective
The construction of CARBONET does not require a separate wound contact layer and absorbent dressing, simplifying dressing changes and thus saving valuable nursing time.


Discharging, infected and malodorous wounds.
Such as:

  • Venous leg ulcers
  • Fungating carcinomas (eg breast).
  • Faecal fistulae;
  • Infected surgical wounds

Ordering information

Catalogue # Size Units / Carton
7064 10 cm x 10 cm 10 dressings
7065 10 cm x 20 cm 10 dressings

How to Use

Cleanse wound according to local clinical protocol.

Step 1
Debride the wound if required, with a suitable agent.

Step 2
Clean wound with sterile saline or antiseptic solutions.

Step 3
Apply dressing shiny side directly onto the wound.

Step 4
Secure with a dressing retention sheet (eg. OPSITE Flexifix) tape or bandage.

Frequency of change
CARBONET dressings can be left in place for 2-3 days, dependent upon the amount of exudate.

Dressing removal
To remove CARBONET dressing remove the retention dressing or bandage and lift the dressing away from the wound.


Frequently asked questions about CARBONET

Can CARBONET be cut?

Yes, product can be cut without losing its functionality or integrity.

If the clinician chooses to cut the dressing a sterile technique should be used so that the sterility of the product is not compromised. However, if the dressing is cut it may shed fibers which could fall into the wound.

What is the average wear time?

CARBONET dressings can be left in place for 2-3 days, depending upon the amount of exudate. The Carbonet dressing acts a superb odour absorbing dressing if used as the outer most dressing, and if not in contact with wound exudate, can be re-used multiple times, quality care with cost savings.

How does the charcoal manage odour?

Active sites on the surface of the charcoal act to trap odoriferous compounds such as hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans (any of a class of organic compounds in which the oxygen of an alcohol has been replaced by sulfur and which have distinctive, often disagreeable odours).

The activated charcoal layer manages malodorous and infected wounds with the additional features of absorbency and low-adherency.

Can Carbonet be used as a contact layer?

Yes, can be used as a contact layer, apply dressing shiny side directly onto the wound.

Are these dressings suitable for all patient populations?

Yes, CABONET dressings are suitable for adult, bariatric, paediatric and premature/infant populations.

How do I secure the dressing?

Secure with a dressing retention sheet (eg. OPSITE™ Flexifix) tape or bandage.

Is this product latex-free?

The CARBONET product line does not contain latex in either the component formulation, finished product or the packaging.

Why does CARBONET stop working when it is wet?

It is possible that the dressing is not changed frequently enough and hence its odour absorbing capability is being compromised due to the excess exudate present. Once the dressing is saturated with exudate, it should be changed.

Can CARBONET be used in conjunction with antibiotics / antimicrobials?

Yes, CARBONET is not contraindicated for use in conjunction with antibiotics / antimicrobials.

However, initial work indicated that carbon may reduce the release of silver and hence impact the efficacy of a silver / carbon combination dressing.

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