Usage Instructions for Aquacel Surgical and AG Patches
These sterilized covering patches are post-surgical accessories that consist of a knitted inner patch that is made with the “Hydrofiber” technology and stitches of ionized clay that are bonded together with nylon and elastane yarns. This remains in place between two layers of hydro-adhesive material and one outer film of poly-urethane. The clay that is present in the patch helps in the mitigation of the infection risk on the wound.
The super-absorbent “Hydrofiber” central patch is absorbing and containing all of the liquids produced on the wound area, and it transforms them into a soft gel which maintains the required topical moisture conditions while also entrapping a large number of micro-organisms.
® Ag SURGICAL cover dressings are an easy-to-use, single-product solution to the post-operative management of surgical incisions. They are designed to enhance clinical outcomes and facilitate patient mobility. Added ionic silver provides sustained antimicrobial activity for up to 14 days as demonstrated by in vitro studies1.
Evidence supports that, compared to a non-woven post-operative surgical cover dressing regimen, AQUACEL
® Ag SURGICAL cover dressings.2a, 3b: Reduce surgical site infection (SSI)Reduce skin blisteringReduce delayed dischargeRequire fewer dressing changes
- A post-operative regimen using Mephore TM dressing covering AQUACEL® dressing was compared to a new dressing regimen of DuoDERM® Extra Thin dressing covering AQUACEL® dressing after application of a liquid film forming acrylate. A subsequent study demostrated no enhancement of the new dressing regimen by the acrylate.
- b. Equivalent performance of AQUACEL® SURGICAL cover dressing to DuoDERM® Extra Thin dressing covering AQUACEL® dressing demostrated in in vitro testing.
- Bowler PG, Jones SA, Walker M, Parsons D. Microbicidal properties of a silver-containing hydrofiber dressing against a variety of burn wound pathogens. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2004; 25(2):192-196.
- Clarke JV, Deakin AH, Dillon JM, Emmerson S, Kinninmonth AWG. A prospective clinical audit of a new dressing design for lower limb arthoplasty wounds. J Wound Care. 2009;18(1):5-11
- Laboratory Test Comparison of AQUACEL® Surgical Dressing ‘New Design’ and the Jubilee Method of Dressing Surgical Wounds. WHRI3264 TA180. October 7, 2009. Data on file, ConvaTec.