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KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope

KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope forms an absorbent gel-fiber matrix on contact with wound fluid. May be used for packing nosebleeds.


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KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope is an external wound dressing designed to absorb exudate and protect the wound from contamination. KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope is indicated as an external wound dressing for the local management of exuding cavity wounds such as pressure injuries, venous stasis ulcers, arterial ulcers, diabetic ulcers, lacerations, post-surgical wounds and other external wounds inflicted by trauma.


This dressing is not indicated for dry wounds or third-degree burns and is not intended for use as a surgical swab.

Warnings and Precautions

Infection: All wounds can be expected to contain some microorganisms. If, however, true clinical infection (fever, tenderness or redness in the area of the wound) should develop, appropriate steps, as defined by the attending physician, should be taken to address such infection. Regular evaluation and cleansing of an infected wound should be common practice. Use of KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope may be continued, provided it is changed on a regular basis (at least daily while infection is present).

Underlying Causes: Some wounds like leg ulcers and pressure injuries can be "non-healing" unless steps are taken to correct the underlying pathology. KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope is designed for local wound management and can be part of the overall management program for these types of wounds.

Desiccation: KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope is designed to create a moist environment that facilitates wound healing. If a KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope has initially formed a gel that is allowed to dry out, removal from the wound can be difficult. If the gel dries out, moisten the dried dressing with saline to rehydrate it.

The use of KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope is not recommended for infants less than 12 months of age. This device is for single use only and should not be re-used. Re-use may lead to increased risk of infection or cross-contamination. Physical properties of the dressing may no longer be optimal for intended use.

Gamma sterilized. Sterility is guaranteed unless package is torn or damaged prior to opening. Do not resterilize.

Storage Requirements

Protect from light; store in a cool dry place.

How Supplied/Sizing
2g. See package insert and labels for complete instructions.
Product features
cancel Antimicrobial format available
check_circle Conforms readily to wound
check_circle Cuttable
check_circle Flexible
check_circle Hemostatic
check_circle Intact when saturated
cancel Moisture vapor permeable
check_circle Moldable
check_circle One-piece removal
check_circle Rope
check_circle Secondary dressing required
check_circle Usable on infected wounds
cancel Variety of sizes
Other features
check_circle Educational Material Available
check_circle Free Samples/Trials Available
cancel Published Clinical Article Available
Recommended Use

Chronic Wounds
Deep Wounds
Moderate/Highly Exudating Wounds
Sloughy Wounds

Mode of Use/Application

Before applying KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope, the wound should be debrided of excessive necrotic tissue and eschar and irrigated with an appropriate non-toxic cleansing solution, such as normal saline. KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope should be applied dry into the wound. Do not pack tightly. An appropriate secondary dressing should be used to secure KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope in place. Change the KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope when strikethrough of the secondary dressing occurs or as indicated by good clinical practice. Removal may be assisted by moistening the dressing with sterile saline. Cleanse the wound site, if required, before applying a new dressing. As with any dressing, KALTOSTAT® Alginate Rope should be removed from the wound and the wound cleansed at appropriate intervals.

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