3M Tegaderm Ag mesh dressing with silver is a non-woven gauze dressing that contains silver sulfate, 8mg/g of dressing. Silver sulfate released as silver ions within the dressing creates an effective barrier for up to 7 days. The soft, absorbent dressing is supplied sterile and may be custom cut. The porous, non-occlusive dressing conforms to the wound base and wicks drainage into the dressing where the silver ions are available to reduce the number of bacteria and yeast that are absorbed into the dressing.
This item is FSA (Flexible Spending Account) eligible.
Before using the dressing: Clip excess hair from around the wound if an adhesive cover dressing is to be used. Clean the wound and surrounding skin. Note: If the skin around the wound is easily damaged or drainage is expected to go beyond the wound edge, a skin barrier film such as 3M Cavilon no sting barrier film may be applied. Allow the barrier film to dry. Evaluate the wound and select the dressing size that will fit into the wound margins without overlap onto the surrounding skin. Tegaderm Ag mesh dressing with Silver may be cut or may be folded to fit within the wound margins. Discard any excess dressing not used at the time of dressing change. Applying the dressing: Remove the dressing from package. For dry to minimally draining wounds, the dressing should be moistened with sterile normal saline, sterile water or a liquid hydrogel, to provide a moist wound environment. For moderate to highly draining wounds, premoistening the dressing may not be required. If necessary, trim or fold the dressing to fit the wound site. If usage in tunneled wounds is desired, begin at one corner and roll the dressing to create a tube. Apply the dressing to the wound bed without overlap onto the surrounding skin. Secure with an appropriate cover dressing to help manage the wound drainage. A moisture retentive barrier dressing may be used as a cover dressing to help maintain a moist wound environment. Removing the dressing: Change the dressing as needed. Frequency of changing will depend on factors such as the type of wound and volume of drainage. The dressing remains effective for up to seven days. At the time of dressing change, if the dressing is adhered to the wound surface, saturate with sterile normal saline or sterile water, allow the dressing to soften and gently remove. Avoid forceful removal of the dressing to minimize disruption of the wound.