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Alginate or other fiber gelling dressing, wound filler, sterile, per 6 inches

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Name of the Procedure:

Alginate or Other Fiber Gelling Dressing, Wound Filler, Sterile, per 6 inches (A6199)


In simple terms, this procedure involves applying a special type of dressing made from alginate or other fiber-gelling materials to fill and cover wounds. This dressing is sterile and comes in sections by 6 inches.


This procedure is used to manage wounds by maintaining a moist environment, which aids in faster and more effective healing. The dressing helps to absorb exudate (fluid that leaks from wounds) and controls bleeding, making it ideal for various types of wounds, especially those with moderate to heavy drainage.


This type of dressing is particularly useful for:

  • Ulcers (e.g., pressure ulcers, venous ulcers)
  • Surgical wounds
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Infected wounds where absorption and moisture control are needed Patients with wounds that produce moderate to heavy exudate are the primary candidates.


  • Cleanse the wound with a standard wound cleansing solution.
  • Ensure the skin around the wound is dry.
  • There are generally no specific pre-procedure instructions (like fasting) for the patient.

Procedure Description

  1. Assessment: The healthcare provider will assess the wound to determine the appropriate size and type of dressing.
  2. Cleaning: The wound is cleaned with a standard wound cleansing solution.
  3. Cutting: The dressing is cut to the required size (typically in 6-inch increments).
  4. Application: The sterile dressing is then carefully placed over the wound, ensuring full coverage. In some cases, an additional outer dressing may be applied to secure the alginate dressing in place.

Tools Used:

  • Sterile alginate or fiber gelling dressing
  • Scissors (for cutting the dressing)
  • Cleansing solution

Anesthesia or Sedation: None typically required for this procedure.


The entire dressing application can take between 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the size and complexity of the wound.


The procedure can be performed in various settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, or at the patient's home under the guidance of a healthcare professional.


This procedure is generally performed by:

  • Nurses
  • Wound care specialists
  • Physicians (in some cases)

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Skin irritation or sensitivity to the dressing material.
  • Rare Risks: Infection if the dressing is not applied under sterile conditions or if the wound is not properly cleansed.


  • Accelerates wound healing by maintaining a moist environment.
  • High absorbency of exudate reduces the risk of maceration (softening and breaking down of skin).
  • Controls bleeding effectively.


  • Post-Procedure Care: Regular dressing changes as recommended by the healthcare provider.
  • Recovery Time: Varies based on the wound's severity and the patient's overall health.
  • Follow-Up: Regular follow-up appointments for wound assessment and dressing changes.


  • Gauze Dressings:
    • Pros: Widely available and cost-effective.
    • Cons: Less effective in maintaining a moist environment and may adhere to the wound bed, causing pain during removal.
  • Hydrocolloid Dressings:
    • Pros: Also maintain a moist environment and can handle light to moderate exudate.
    • Cons: May not be suitable for heavily exudating wounds.

Patient Experience

  • Patients might feel slight discomfort during the initial cleaning of the wound.
  • Post-application, the dressing is generally comfortable and may feel less bulky than traditional gauze.
  • Pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers if needed.
  • The dressing minimizes the need for frequent changes, reducing disruption and enhancing comfort during the healing process.

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