ABSORBENT DRESSING, large, sterile, s.u.


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Former Code(s): SDREZNL0066 SDREDRWN2025 SDREABSD2025
The product is supplied (and stored) sterile, it must remain sterile until its use. Sterile = state of being free from all living microorganisms.
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A single-use device, also referred to as a disposable device, is intended for use on one patient during a single procedure. It is not intended to be reprocessed (i.e., cleaned and disinfected or sterilized).
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M040204 - Non-adherent absorbent dressings
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A sterile wound covering intended to assist in wound healing by absorbing exudate in wounds (e.g., ulcers, burns, surgical wounds, lacerations, abrasions) and often by creating a moist wound-healing environment. It is not in the form of a gel and does not produce a water-absorbent gel upon contact with wound exudate; it does not contain an antimicrobial agent.


Dressing consists of 3 layers

  • Non-woven or non-adherent layer: in contact with the wound (reduced risk of adhesion to wound).
  • Pad with absorbent fibres: cotton wool, cellulose or viscose, with an integrated distribution layer for even distribution of wound exudate
  • Hydrophobic backing: to prevent strike through, in a distinguished colour or marking to avoid confusions with the wound-contact layer.

Quality standards

  • EN 13726-1, 2002, Test methods for primary wound dressings - Part 1: Aspects of absorbency
  • EN 1644-1, 1997, Test methods for nonwoven compresses for medical use - Part 1: Nonwovens used in the manufacture of compresses
  • EN 1644-2, 2000, Test methods for nonwoven compresses for medical use Part 2: Finished compresses

Technical specifications

  • hypoallergenic
  • breathable
  • passive dressing: does not contain any active substances
  • free swell absorptive capacity of the dressing: 50 g liquid/100 cm² or 10-15 g liquid/g dressing
  • sterile, for single use
  • dimensions:
    • small: 10 x 10 cm, 15 x 15 cm
    • medium: 10 x 20 cm, 15 x 20 cm, 15 x 25cm
    • large: 20 x 20 cm, 20 x 25 cm
    • exact dimensions vary according to manufacturer

Packaging & Labelling

Each single compress is packed in a disposable peel pack allowing effective sterilization, safe handling, and storage of all pouched items until needed for use and facilitating proper aseptic presentation of the material.

(Cf Introduction: Packaging and labelling)

Instructions for use

Precautions for Use

  • Fixation is necessary.
  • Cannot be cut.
  • Should not be used during surgical interventions: use abdominal compresses instead.

MSF requirements

Absorbent sterile dressing that is able to absorb the exudate in moderately to highly exuding wounds.

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