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ACTICOAT* Silver-Coated Antimicrobial Barrier Dressings are used to manage wounds by providing broad-spectrum bactericidal activity against over 150 pathogens in 30 minutes.

Smith+Nephew, Inc.

For over 150 years, Smith+Nephew has taken a pioneering approach to product design and services, helping to reduce the human and economic costs of wounds. *Trademark of Smith+Nephew
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• Proprietary silver technology
• Broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity against over 150 organisms including 200 strains of MRSA and 5 organisms that carry the NDM-1 enzyme (in vitro)
• Three day wear time
• Provides bactericidal activity within 30 minutes
• May help reduce the risk of infection
• Can be used on extensive body surface area wounds and over debrided wounds
• Low-adherent
• Can be cut to size


ACTICOAT* is indicated for use on partial- and full-thickness wounds, such as pressure injuries, diabetic ulcers, venous ulcers, surgical sites, donor sites, grafts/dermal substitutes, and first- and second-degree burns.


Do not use on patients with a known sensitivity to silver. During MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) examination, remove from area within the anatomical field being imaged.
Prior to administering radiation therapy, remove ACTICOAT*. A new dressing can be applied following treatment.

Warnings and Precautions

Do not use if product color is not uniform.
For external use only.
ACTICOAT* is not compatible with oil-based products, such as petrolatum.
Avoid contact with electrodes or conductive gels during electronic measurements (eg, EEG and ECG).
ACTICOAT* should only be used on premature infants (less than 37 weeks gestation) when the clinical benefit outweighs potential risks. No clinical data is available on this age group and only limited data is available for use on neonates.
ACTICOAT* is not intended to provide sole treatment for infected wounds.
ACTICOAT* may be used on infected wounds which are being managed per local clinical protocol.

Adverse Effects/Reactions

May cause transient discoloring of surrounding skin.

Storage Requirements

Avoid exposure to temperatures above 120°F (50°C). Protect from light.

How Supplied/Sizing
2"x2", 4"x4", 4"x8", 5"x5", 8"x16", 16"x16". Roll: 4"x48".
Product features
cancel Absorptive dressing format
cancel Alginate dressing format
cancel Antimicrobial effects up to 48 hours
check_circle Antimicrobial effects up to 3 days
cancel Antimicrobial effects up to 7 days
cancel Bacterial binding
cancel Bacterial trapping
check_circle Bactericidal
check_circle Bactericidal broad-spectrum
cancel Bacteriostatic
cancel Collagen dressing format
cancel Composite dressing format
check_circle Contact layer dressing format
cancel Foam dressing format
cancel Fungicidal
cancel Gauze or non-woven dressing format
cancel Gelling fiber dressing format
cancel Hydrogel (amorphous) dressing format
cancel Hydrogel (impregnated) dressing format
cancel Hydrogel (sheet) dressing format
cancel Impermeable to outside contaminants
cancel Impregnated dressing format
cancel Microbicidal
cancel Moisture vapor permeable
check_circle Secondary dressing required
cancel Silicone-based adhesive
cancel Sporicidal
cancel Super absorbent polymers
check_circle Sustained release formula
cancel Transparent film dressing format
cancel Virucidal
cancel Wound filler dressing format
Other features
check_circle Educational Material Available
check_circle Free Samples/Trials Available
check_circle Published Clinical Article Available
Recommended Use

Diabetic Ulcers
First- and Second-Degree Burns
Grafts and Donor Sites
Infected Wounds
Moderately/Highly Exudating Wounds
Non/Minimally Exudating Wounds
Pressure Ulcers
Surgical Wounds
Venous Ulcers

Mode of Use/Application

Follow standard protocol to cleanse wound; do not use saline or oil-based cleansing agents.

For heavily exudative wounds:
Remove the ACTICOAT* Dressing from the package and cut to size. Apply the dry ACTICOAT* Dressing to the wound, either side down, as the exudate will be sufficient to activate the dressing. Cover the ACTICOAT* Dressing with an appropriate secondary dressing.

For other wounds:
Remove the dressing from package and cut to shape. Moisten the dressing with sterile water (do not use saline). Allow the dressing to drain on an absorbent surface in a sterile field for at least 2 minutes. Apply the ACTICOAT* Dressing to the wound surface, either side down.
Cover the dressing with an appropriate secondary dressing.
If the dressing dries and adheres to the wound, moisten or soak the dressing prior to removal. Avoid forceful removal of the dressing and disruption of the healing wound.

For detailed product information, including indications for use, contraindications, precautions, and warnings, please consult the product's Instructions for Use (IFU) prior to use.

Removal & Change Frequency

Change the dressing depending on the amount of exudate and the condition of the wound, or every 3 days.

Additional Recommended Dressings

ACTICOAT* Dressings can be used under compression therapy. Regularly check dressing system and change if strikethrough occurs.

Clinically Tested


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