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Silvercel Non-Adherent Antimicrobial Alginate Dressing with Silver provides an antimicrobial barrier for up to seven days. The amount of time between dressing changes is dependent on wound exudate levels. Silvercel non-adherent dressing features a non-woven pad made with a combination of alginate, carboxymethylcellulose, and nylon fibers that are coated in silver. The alginate part of the dressing helps manage the exudate. The silver coating on the nylon fibers acts as an antimicrobial agent to reduce the risk of infection.
This pad uses EasyLift Precision Film Technology to ensure that the dressing layer that makes contact with the wound is non-adhesive. This makes removal of the dressing pain-free. EasyLift technology also ensures non-adherence to the wound after absorbing exudate.
Silvercel Antimicrobial Alginate Dressing Profile
The design of the Silvercel Antimicrobial Dressing is for use on moderate- to heavily-exuding wounds. This makes it ideal to use on surgical wounds, donor sites, and various ulcers including diabetic, venous, decubitus, or pressure ulcers.
Product Features and Benefits
- Sustained release of silver ions for up to seven days
- Prevents biofilms in vitro
- Effective against a broad spectrum of pathogens
- Usable under compression
- Pain free removal
- Manages low to high exuding wounds
- Maintains a moist wound environment
- Will not shed fibers
- Non-adherent primary dressing
- Creates long lasting antimicrobial barrier
- Alginate dressing
- Offers bacterial binding and trapping
- Wound filler dressing option
- Moisture vapor permeable
- Provides contact layer
- Absorbent foam dressing
- Gelling fiber
- Offers intact removal
- High wet tensile strength
- High absorbency
- Manages chronic wounds
- Product Number: 900112, 900202, 900404, 900408
- Width: 1, 2, 4, or 4.25 Inch
- Length: 12, 2, 4.25, or 8 Inch
- Shapes: Roll, Square, Rectangle
- Color: Gray
- Type: Primary, Non-Adhesive
- Application: Silver Antimicrobial Dressing
- Active Ingredient: Silver Alginate
- Materials: High Guluronic Acid, Alginate, Carboxymethylcellulose, Nylon, Silver
- Latex free
- HCPCS: A6199, A6196, or A6197
- Brand: Silvercel
- Manufacturer: KCI (formerly Systagenix)
Protection and Absorbency
- Antimicrobial action for up to 7 days
- Sustained release of silver ions
- Effective against more than 150 wound pathogens
- Moderate to heavy absorbency
- Manages exudating wounds
- Promotes optimal healing environment
- Tensile strength increases rather than weakens when absorbing exudate
- Offers intact removal
- Minimizes the risk of wound maceration
- Reduces wound leakage
- Absorbs fluids even under compression
- Pressure injuries
- Venous ulcers
- Diabetic ulcers
- Donor sites
- Traumatic wounds
- Surgical wounds
- Third-degree burns
- Sensitivity to alginates
- Sensitivity to ethylene methyl acrylate (EMA)
- Sensitivity to silver
- Sensitivity to surgical implantation
- Subject to heavy bleeding
- External use only
- Lightly exuding wounds may cause adherence to the wound bed
- Excessive use of petrolatum-based ointments may impair dressing performance
- Difficult to remove dressings should be moistened with a sterile saline solution prior to removal.
- Avoid contact with electrodes and conductive gels during ECG’s or EEG’s.
High Tinsile Strength
What is Silvercel Alginate Dressing?
Silvercel® non-adherent is a sterile absorbent dressing suitable for use in moderately to heavily exuding wounds. The wounds may have infection or have increased risk of infection. Silvercel has an outer perforated film layer designed to prevent adherence of the dressing to the wound and the shedding of fibres. It also facilitates fluid absorption. The absorbent core of the dressing contains silver-coated X-Staticfibres®, which provide the antimicrobial action.1
When to use this silver bandage.
Use this dressing "for the treatment of increased bioburden or to prevent infection."2
A consensus document published in Britain "recommends that silver dressings be used initially for a two week 'challenge' period. At the end of the two weeks, the wound, the patient and the management approach should be re-evaluated. If after two weeks, the wound has:
- improved, but there are continuing signs of infection, it may be clinically justifiable to continue use of silver dressings with regular review
- improved and there are no longer signs or symptoms of infection, the silver dressing should be discontinued
- not improved, the silver dressing should be discontinued and the patient reviewed and a dressing containing a different antimicrobial agent initiated, with or without systemic antibiotics."3
How to use this wound care product.
- Open the protective pouch.
- Carefully remove the dressing from the pouch with asceptic technique and forceps.
- Cut the dressing using clean scissors or simply fold the dressing to fit the wound.
- Applyto the wound bed.
- Loosely pack deep wounds.
- Ensure the dressing does not overlap the wound margins.
- Cover and secure the dressing with a non-occlusive secondary dressing.
- Change the dressing dependent upon its reaching absorbency capacity or according to good wound care practice. Do not exceed 7-days.
Where to use this product?
"Silvercel Non-Adherent is suitable for use on wounds, which are infected, critically colonised or judged to be at high risk of infection. The dressing can be applied to leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, diabetic foot wounds, surgical and traumatic wounds. Those with known sensitivity to alginates, silver and EMA should not use the dressing." 4
Who should use this product?
Patients with moderate to heavy exudating wounds, chronic or acute wounds, partial or full-thickness wounds, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, diabetic ulcers, traumatic surgical sounds, or donor sites are good candidates for Silvercel.5
What is Sivercel used for?
Its use is for the management of all moderate to heavily exudating wounds, partial and full-thickness chronic wounds including decubitus (pressure) ulcers, venous ulcers, diabetic ulcers, donor sites, and traumatic surgical wounds.
Is Silvercel the same as silver alginate?
Both dressings are closely related. The difference between the two dressings is that Silvercel dressing employs an ethylene methyl acrylate (EMA) outer film layer that uses EasyLIFT™ Precision Film technology. EMA is a synthetic polymer that allows the bandage to be easily removed. It is thin, strong, flexible, and has a smooth surface.
How does silver help wound healing?
"The action is accomplished by the silver ions binding to tissue proteins causing a structural change in the bacterial cell membranes.... The aim of treatment with silver dressings is to reduce wound bioburden, treat local infection, and prevent systemic spread: their main purpose is not to promote wound healing directly."6
How does alginate help with wound healing?
Alginate dressings absorb wound exudate, forming a gel that in-turn provides a dry wound bed with a physiologically moist environment. It minimizes bacterial and promotes rapid re-epithelialization and granulation tissue formation. Initially, when placed on an open wound, Alginate dressings are dry and grow larger and more gel-like as they absorb exudate. The absorption clears out the wound bed, preventing it from becoming dry, and protects it from harmful bacteria.
Alginate Dressing cover or fill a variety of wound beds, including heavily colonized wounds with pathogenic bacteria. The dressing has calcium and sodium fibers derived from seaweed. These seaweed fibers can absorb moderate to large amounts of wound drainage and help control minor bleeding.
How to use this dressing with a compression bandage.
Silvercel offers best absorption under compression when used in combination with a seconday dressing like the Tielle Plus Hydropolymer Dressing.
Wound Care Products to Use With This Dressing
- Curity Hypoallergenic Clear Tape secures primary dressings for individuals with sensitive skin.
- 3M Transpore Tape is a transparent and perforated plastic tape that offers strong adhesion.
- SafeWash Sterile Saline Wound Cleanser provides a safe wash to aid in removing dressings.
- Alba-Health Stockinette Tubular Bandage offers light compression for a secondary wound dressing.
Manuals and Documents
- User Guide offers instructions on how to use.
- User Manual provides a published review by the Wounds UK journal.
- FDA Letter provides government statemens regarding this wound care product.
- Application offers instructions on the proper way to apply this dressing.
How to Use Video (1:54 minutes)
Product Review Video (1:16 minutes)
- 1 ST, SE, and IES SER. "USING SILVERCEL® NON-ADHERENT: CASE STUDIES." Page 1. (Last Accessed August-6-2020)
- 2 "USING SILVERCEL® NON-ADHERENT: CASE STUDIES." Page 2. (Last Accessed August-6-2020)
- 3 International consensus. Appropriate use of silver dressings in wounds. An expert working group consensus. London: Wounds International, 2012. (Last Accessed August-6-2020)
- 4 Gray, David. "Silvercel™ Non-Adherent dressing: taking the pain out of antimicrobial use." Wounds UK 5.4 (2009) Page 120. (Last Accessed August-6-2020)
- 5 Galea, Emilio. "Using Sivlercel Non-Adherent antimicrobial dressings." Wounds International 2015. Vol 2 Issue 1. Page 32. (Last Accessed August-6-2020)
- 6 Munteanu, A., I. P. Florescu, and C. Nitescu. "A modern method of treatment: The role of silver dressings in promoting healing and preventing pathological scarring in patients with burn wounds." Journal of medicine and life 9.3 (2016): 306. (Last Accessed August-6-2020)
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