Acticoat destroys bacteria within the dressing and at the wound site.Kills bacteria in vitro in as little as 30 minutes, 2-5 times faster than other forms of silver.
This Smith & Nephew Acticoat 3 Day Burn Dressing uses unique Silcryst Nanocrystals to form a Silver-coated antimicrobial barrier. This advanced silver technology is great for treatment of chronic wounds, burns, grafts, surgical sites, and donor sites. Fast-acting and potent, the Acticoat dressing will quickly create a long lasting barrier that will continously release silver for a period of 3 days.
# It is recommended that prior to use Acticoat be moistened with sterile water, not saline. This will help to ensure that the dressing provides a moist wound-healing environment whilst enabling the silver to exert its antimicrobial effect.
# If necessary, the dressing may be trimmed to the appropriate size and shape of the wound prior to application taking care that the darker blue surface is placed in direct contact with the skin.
# Acticoat should be covered with a secondary dressing the choice of which is determined by the degree of exudate produced by the wound and held in place with surgical tape or a bandage as appropriate.
# Frequency of Change It is recommended that the dressing be left in place for a maximum of three days, although on very heavily exuding wounds, it may be necessary to replace it more frequently.