SILVERCEL™ Antimicrobial Alginate Dressing

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Long Lasting Antimicrobial Protection

SILVERCEL™ Dressing is a sterile, non-woven pad composed of a high G (guluronic acid) alginate, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and silver coated nylon fibers.

SILVERCEL™ Dressing has been proven to be a suitable dressing for the management of chronic wounds.1

  • Antimicrobial action
  • High absorbency
  • High wet tensile strength


  • Overview
  • How it Works
  • Indications & Applications
  • Evidence & Outcomes
  • Ordering


Provides Long-lasting Antimicrobial Protection

The unique composition of SILVERCEL™ Dressing combines the alginate's and CMC's moisture management properties with the broad-spectrum antimicrobial action of silver ions within the dressing. Helping to optimize the wound environment.

Exudate Management

The unique composition of the dressing manages exudate in moderate to heavily exuding wounds, promoting a favorable environment for effective wound management.

Increased Tensile Strength

Tensile strength increased by


when wet compared to dry
based on in vitro data

How it Works


SILVERCEL™ Dressing provides effective antimicrobial protection, promoting a favorable moist wound environment 

Antimicrobial action
SILVERCEL™ Dressing provides a sustained release of silver ions within the dressing for more than 7 days*. This allows for effective antimicrobial protection for the entire wear time, depending on the level of exudate. SILVERCEL™ Dressing is effective against more than 150 wound pathogens.2


The dressing’s unique composition manages exudates in moderate-to-heavily exuding wounds. This promotes an optimal environment for effective wound management.2

Tensile Strength
The dressing’s tensile strength increases when in contact with wound exudate. This allows for intact removal.2 
SILVERCEL™ Dressing minimizes the risk of maceration and leakageand has  excellent fluid handling capacity in vitro even under compression and in combination with the secondary dressing TIELLE™ Plus Hydropolymer Dressing.3,4

*Invitro data on file

SILVERCEL™ Antimicrobial Alginate Dressing is a sterile, non-woven pad composed of a high G (guluronic acid) alginate, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and silver coated nylon fibers. The sustained release of silver creates a favorable environment by protecting the dressing from bacterial contamination. The dressing absorbs exudate, maintains a moist wound healing environment and allows intact removal.

Indications & Applications


SILVERCEL™ Antimicrobial Alginate Dressing is an effective barrier to bacterial penetration. The barrier functions of the dressing may help reduce infection in moderate to heavily exuding partial and full-thickness wounds including:

  • Pressure injuries
  • Venous ulcers
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Donor sites
  • Traumatic and surgical wounds

SILVERCEL™ Antimicrobial Alginate Dressing is indicated for external use only.
Contra-indications SILVERCEL™ Dressing is not indicated for use on the following:

  •  Third-degree burns
  • Patients with a known sensitivity to alginates or silver
  • To control heavy bleeding

The dressing may adhere if used on very lightly exuding wounds. If the dressing is not easily removed, moisten it with sterile saline prior to removal. The dressing performance may be impaired by excess use of petrolatum-based ointments.
Avoid contact with electrodes or conductive gels during electronic measurements, e.g. electrocardiograms (ECG) and electroencephalograms (EEG). Do not use dressing on patients undergoing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Do not use dressing on pregnant or lactating women due to the absence of specific information. Clinicians/Healthcare Professionals should be aware that there are very limited data on prolonged and repeated use of silver containing dressings, particularly in children and neonates.
SILVERCEL Antimicrobial Alginate Dressing DA (US)
Before use, physicians should review complete risk information and essential prescribing information which can be found in the Product Instructions for Use.


Directions for Use
Site Preparation
  • Debride when necessary and irrigate the wound site in accordance with standard protocols
  • Remove excess solution from surrounding skin
Dressing Selection
  • Select a size of SILVERCEL™ Dressing that is slightly larger than the wound.
Dressing Application
1. Cut (using clean scissors) or fold the dressing to fit the wound.
2. Loosely pack deep wounds, ensuring the dressing does not overlap the wound margins.
3. For heavily exuding wounds, apply to wound bed directly. For wounds with minimal exudate, apply to saline moistened wound bed.
4. Cover and secure SILVERCEL™ Dressing with a non-occlusive secondary dressing
Dressing Change and Removal
1. Dressing change frequency will depend on patient condition and the level of exudate. Initially it may be necessary to change the dressing every 24 hours.
2. Reapply SILVERCEL™ Dressing when the secondary dressing has reached its absorbent capacity or whenever good wound care practice dictates that the dressing should be changed.
3. Gently remove the secondary dressing.
4. If the wound appears dry, saturate the dressing with normal saline solution prior to removal.
5. Gently remove the dressing from the wound bed and discard.
6. Irrigate the wound site with a suitable wound cleanser prior to application of a new dressing.
Store at ambient temperature.

Do not re-use (single use).
Do not resterilize.
Do not use if package is damaged.
The use by date of this product is printed on the packaging.
Caution: Federal Law (USA) restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a properly licensed healthcare practitioner. This caution is not applicable outside the U.S.

Evidence & Outcomes

The efficacy of SILVERCEL™ Dressing is supported by a body of clinical, in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro evidence. Acelity Clinical Evidence is a resource for healthcare professionals to explore preclinical, clinical, and review articles discussing the use of KCI and Systagenix products. Use our powerful search tool to customize your view of the Acelity product evidence.

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Clinical Evidence

Additional summary of evidence and outcomes.
TITLE Evaluation of an elemental silver hydro-alginate wound dressing
View Abstract on PubMed
STUDY TYPE All levels
DATE 2007
AUTHORS Stadler R, et al.
TITLE Use of Silvercel Non-Adherent on burn wounds: A case series
View Abstract on PubMed
STUDY TYPE All levels
DATE 2013
AUTHORS Edwards J.
TITLE The management of wounds using SILVERCEL™ Hydro-Alginate
View Abstract on PubMed
STUDY TYPE All levels
DATE 2005
AUTHORS Teot, et al.
TITLE SILVERCEL Hydroalginate: a case study series
View Abstract on PubMed
STUDY TYPE All levels
DATE 2005
AUTHORS Kingsley, et al.
TITLE Case series evaluation of a silver non-adherent dressing
View Abstract on PubMed
STUDY TYPE All levels
DATE 2011
AUTHORS Bradbury S, et al.
TITLE Clinical experiences of using a silver hydroalginate dressing
View Abstract on PubMed
STUDY TYPE All levels
DATE 2008
AUTHORS Kammerlander, et al.
TITLE Silvercel® Non-Adherent Made Easy
View Abstract on PubMed
STUDY TYPE All levels
DATE 2010
AUTHORS Clark R, et al.
TITLE Clinical evaluation of the effect of SILVERCEL Non-Adherent in wound infections
View Abstract on PubMed
STUDY TYPE All levels
DATE 2014
AUTHORS Callaghan R, et al.


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  • SILVERCEL™ Antimicrobial Alginate Dressing

    PRODUCT  product code  dressings per box

             SILVERCEL™ Dressing

              2 x 2 in

     800202  10

              SILVERCEL™ Dressing

            4 1/14 x 4 1/4 in

     800404  10

              SILVERCEL™ Dressing

              4 x 8 in

     800408 5

              SILVERCEL™ ROPE Dressing

               1 x 12 in