Alginate Dressing

(Calcium/Sodium Alginate, Kaltostat)

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Definition

-  Sterile dressing of fibrous fleece of sodium & claclium agininc acid used for surface wounds

 

Features

-  Absorbent & non-woven

-  Come is flat pieces or ribbon/rope

-  Sodium alginate 80:20 Calcium alginate

-  Derived from algae &/or seaweed

-  Exudate (containing sodium) absorbed by fiber which forms gel

-  Frequency

-  Should not be left >7 days

-  Frequency of change depends on exudate of wound

-  Can be used of ?infected wounds but changed daily

 

Indications

-  Heavily exudative wounds

-  Chronic wounds: venous or arterial ulcers, pressure sores, fungating Ca

-  Acute wounds: SSG graft donor sites, abrasions, lacerations

-  Full thickness burns

 

Procedure

-  Cute to shape of wound or folded

-  Held in place w secondary dressing

-  Removal after soaking w saline

 

 

 

 

 

References

 

www.dressings.org/Dressings/kaltosta.html

Pic (flat): www.physicianswarehouse.com/products/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1284

Pic (rope): www.superiorhealthcare.com.au/BDCN537_or_1/Kaltostat-Rope-2g-(168117)/pd.php