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Alginates

Characteristics / Functions

  • Alginates are made of soft non-woven fibers derived from seaweed.
  • They are usually in the forms of pads, ropes or ribbons.
  • Alginates absorb wound exudate and form a gel-like covering over the wound, maintaining a moist wound environment. Most alginates absorb many times their own weight. The dry dressing, however, is extremely lightweight.

Best Uses

  • Wounds with moderate to heavy exudate

Advantages

  • Especially useful for packing exudating wounds
  • They do not physically inhibit wound contraction as would gauze 
  • Highly absorbent

Disadvantages

  • Requires a secondary dressing
  • Can be too drying if wound has a low volume of exudate

Alginates Available:

Product Manufacturer
AlgiCell Dumex Medical
AlgiDERM Bard
AlgiSite M Smith & Nephew, Inc. Wound Managment Division
Askina Sorg Swiss-American
CarraSorb H
CarraGinate with Acemannan gel
Carrington
CURASORB
CURASORB Zinc
Kendall / Tyco
Dermacea Sherwood - Davis & Geck
DermaGinate
DermaGinate AG
DermaRite
FyBron B. Braun
Gentell Gentell
Hyperion Advanced Alginate Dressing Hyperion Medical, Inc.
KALTOSTAT
(various presentations)
ConvaTec
KALGINATE
Algidex (various presentations)
DeRoyal
Maxorb Medline
Melgisorb Molnlycke Health Care
PolyMem Ferris Mfg. 
Restore CalciCare Hollister
SILVERCELL Johnson & Johnson
Sorbalgon Harmann-Conco Inc.
SORBSAN Mylan Bertek
SeaSorb Coloplast Corp.
Tegagen HG
Tegagen HI
3M Health Care

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