Learn all about alginate dressings.

Alginate dressings may come up in your wound care plan in a lot of different cases. They can be used for diabetic wounds, pressure ulcers, cavity wounds, venous wounds and more, so you are likely to encounter them if you live with a chronic wound. They’re usually combined with other types of dressings, which will make your wound care supplies shopping list a little longer, but it’s worth it. Let’s take a look.

Properties of alginate dressings

Many alginate dressings are made from acids that come from seaweed. Their fibers can transform into a gel, which can help with autolytic wound debridement. That means the gel removes debris and dead tissue from a wound simply by being there rather than through a procedure.

Alginate dressings are also great for wounds with a lot of exudate, or discharge, because they can absorb up to 20 times their own weight in fluids, and may either swell or become gel in the wound bed. Either outcome can help with healing.

Because alginates come into contact with the wound itself, they have to be covered by another type of dressing to keep them in place and keep the wound and the dressing sanitary.

Advanced Tissue is the nation’s leader in delivering specialized wound care supplies to patients. We have a variety of alginate dressings including Tegaderm Sorbion, Silverlon, Biatain, DermaGinate, Restore, Durafiber and Acquacel.