Calcium Alginate with Silver 12″ Rope (5 ct.)
NM8030SAD | HCPCS: A6199
These calcium alginate rope dressings contain silver, a powerful infection-fighting antimicrobial agent ideal for use in wounds at risk for infection or with suspected bacterial load.
What is a Calcium Alginate Dressing?
Calcium alginate dressings are non-woven, absorbent dressings made from seaweed. These dressings can hold up to 20 times their weight and are ideal for wounds with moderate to large amounts of drainage.
When the calcium and sodium fibers come into contact with wound drainage, the dressing transforms into a gel consistency that conforms to the shape of the wound bed. This action promotes wound healing by filling “dead space” within the wound and maintaining a moist environment that is optimal for healing.
Calcium Alginate dressings are non-occlusive and non-adherent, allowing for gas and heat exchange at the wound surface while also minimizing trauma and discomfort with dressing changes.
Advantages of Calcium Alginate with Silver Dressings
- absorb moderate to large amounts of drainage
- reduce risk of infection by lowering bacterial burden and absorbing debris
- maintain moist environment for natural healing (autolytic debridement)
- non-adherent, resulting in less pain with removal
- appropriate for infected or tunneling wounds
- hemostatic properties, help to stop bleeding
- versatile, can be combined with many other topical agents
- non-occlusive, allow gas exchange across surface of wound
How to Apply Calcium Alginate Rope Dressings
- Clean with wound cleanser or saline and pat dry
- Use a sterile cotton tip applicator to fluff, then layer calcium alginate with silver rope, loosely filling any dead space in the wound and ensuring the dressing is fully in contact with all wound surfaces
- Cut away any excess rope to avoid over packing
- Cover & secure with adhesive dressing or wrap (i.e. Bordered Foam Dressing, Bordered Gauze Dressing)
- Typical dressing change every 1-3 days or when soiled
When Should Calcium Alginate Dressings Be Used?
- Wounds with tunneling or undermining
- Sinus tracts
- Wounds with moderate to heavy drainage
- Pressure ulcers
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Infected wounds
- Wounds with irregular shape
- Traumatic wounds and skin tears
- Incisions and dehisced wounds
Considerations for Alginate Dressings
- not indicated for dry or minimally draining wounds
- may be cut to fit size of wound bed to protect healthy tissue surrounding wound