AQUACEL® Ag SURGICAL Dressing
AQUACEL™ Ag Surgical cover dressing is a sterile post‐operative dressing comprising of an inner (wound contact) non‐woven pad composed of Hydrofiber™ technology and ionic silver. The pad combines a hydrocolloid adhesive (top layer) bound to an outer polyurethane film and a windowed polyurethane film skin contact layer, sandwiched between two further layers of hydrocolloid contacting the skin.
• Usable on a variety of wound sites
• Reduces skin blistering
• Reduces superficial surgical site infection
• Helps protect periwound skin by helping reduce the risk of maceration
• Minimizes "dead space" where bacteria can grow
• Designed to maintain intimate contact with the incision even during joint flexion
• Helps balance inflammatory response
• On-demand silver availability
Under the supervision of a health care professional, the AQUACEL® Ag SURGICAL Dressing may be used for the management of: wounds healing by primary intent (e.g., traumatic and elective post operative wounds/incisions) and as an effective barrier to bacterial penetration to help reduce infection.
AQUACEL® Ag SURGICAL Dressing should not be used on individuals who are sensitive to the dressing or its components or have had an allergic reaction to the dressing or its components.
Caution: Sterility is guaranteed unless pouch is damaged or opened prior to use.
Due to the sterilization process there might be a slight odor on opening the primary packaging.
Do not apply the dressing under tension.
It is not recommended to cut the dressing.
Choose a dressing size to ensure direct contact between the wound/incision and the Hydrofiber pad. The adhesive area should not come in to contact with the wound/incision.
AQUACEL® Ag SURGICAL Dressing is not designed as a replacement to primary closure methods such as staples or sutures.
Should infection develop during the use of the dressing, appropriate antibiotic therapy should be initiated. The use of AQUACEL® Ag SURGICAL Dressing may be continued, but the progress of the wound/incision should be monitored carefully and all treatment should be under medical supervision.
The dressing is not compatible with oil based products such as petrolatum.
While it has been observed that certain silver-containing products may cause skin discoloration following prolonged use, clinical studies with products containing Hydrofiber Technology with ionic silver has shown no such skin discoloration.
This product is for single use only and is supplied sterile.
If the inner package is damaged, do not use the dressing.
Store at room temperature (10°C-25°C, 50°F-77°F). Keep dry.
1. Cai J, Karam JA, Parvizi J, Smith EB, Sharkey PF. Aquacel surgical dressing reduces the rate of acute PJI following total joint arthroplasty: a case-control study. J Arthroplasty. 2014 Jun;29(6):1098-100. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2013.11.012.
2. Springer BD, Beaver W, Griffin W, Mason JB, Dennos, A, Odum S. The Role of Surgical Dressings in Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized Clinical Trial [Poster]. Presented at The Annual Meeting of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons; March 2014; Chicago, IL.
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Wounds with No/Minimal Drainage
Before applying the dressing, cleanse the wound/incision site, rinse well with sterile saline and dry the surrounding skin. Choose a dressing size and shape to ensure direct contact between the wound/incision area and the Hydrofiber pad. Remove the dressing from the sterile pack. Initially remove 3/4 of the backing paper along the length of the dressing minimizing finger contact with the central pad and the adhesive surface. Place at one side of the wound/incision line. Gently roll the dressing over the wound/incision line and mold into place. Remove the remaining 1/4 backing paper and gently mold the dressing in place with hand for a secure adhesion. Do not stretch. The translucent hydrocolloid backing allows the clinician to monitor the central Hydorfiber pad and assess when the dressing needs to be changed.
The dressing can be left in place for up to seven days subject to regular clinical assessment and local dressing protocol. All wounds/incisions should be monitored frequently. Remove AQUACEL® Ag SURGICAL Dressing when clinically indicated (i.e., leakage, excessive bleeding, suspicion of infection or at seven days). To dress knee incisions. Knee should be approximately at a 30 degree angle for optimal dressing application.