SORBSAN Dressing

Sorbsan is made from the calcium salt of alginic acid, prepared as a textile fibre, and presented as a loose ...

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- 5cm x 5cm [10] 1 box 16.99
- 10cm x 20cm [5] 1 box 33.49
- 10cm x 10cm [10] 1 box 35.99

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Sorbsan is made from the calcium salt of alginic acid, prepared as a textile fibre, and presented as a loose `rope' or packing for cavities, a ribbon for narrow wounds or sinuses, and a flat non-woven pad for application to larger open wounds. When in contact with serum, wound exudate, or solutions containing sodium ions, the insoluble calcium alginate is partially converted to the soluble sodium salt, and a hydrophilic gel is produced, which overlays the wound and provides a micro-environment that is believed to facilitate wound healing.

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What are the benefits of using it? 

The fibres of Sorbsan Flat swell and form Sodium-Calcium alginate gel in contact with wound exudate.

The gel:
Provides a moist wound healing environment.
Conforms to the contours of the wound.
Atraumatic dressing removal.
Quick and easy to remove by irrigating with saline (0.9%) solution.
Promotes haemostasis.
Minimises the disruption of newly formed tissue.

How do I use it? 

Sorbsan is placed onto the surface of the wound and covered with a sterile secondary dressing held in place with surgical tape or a bandage as appropriate. The nature of the secondary dressing will be governed by the condition of the wound. If large quantities of exudate are anticipated, a simple absorbent dressing pad may be required; but as the wound heals and less exudate is produced, a thinner pad bearing a plastic film of low adherence may help to conserve moisture and prevent the wound drying out too quickly. Deeper cavity wounds or sinuses may be dressed with Sorbsan packing or ribbon, which should be placed gently in position but not packed in too tightly.

Because the alginate fibre reacts with sodium ions to form a soluble gel, the dressing may be removed by irrigation with sterile normal saline. This may be accomplished without causing either damage to the wound or pain to the patient. It has been reported that a small percentage of patients experience a mild `drawing' or `burning' sensation immediately after the application of an alginate dressing to a dry wound bed. This sensation, which is usually transient, is thought to be due to the hydrophilic nature of the dressing causing temporary localised drying of the surface of the wound. This discomfort may generally be prevented by moistening the surface of the wound with a small quantity of sterile normal saline prior to the application of the dressing.


Do not use on patients with a known sensitivity to Sorbsan Flat or any of its components.

Sorbsan Flat is not intended to control heavily bleeding wounds, alternative measures must be considered in situations incurring excessive loss of blood.

Buying Sorbsan Flat online

You can buy Sorbsan Dressing online through one of the UK’s leading online pharmacies, Pharmacy Planet. It's easy and convenient. You will need to fill out a short assessment and the item will be delivered directly to your door. If you want to buy these dressings online, use Pharmacy Planet, a UK pharmacy you can trust.

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