AQUACEL® Ag Ribbon dressing is a packing dressing.
Its design makes it an optimal dressing for helping to
manage Abscesses and MRSA.
                                 The Benefits of AQUACEL® Ag Dressings
                                                            • Kills a wide range of pathogens, including MRSA and VRE1 up to a period
                                                              of 14 days2 as demonstrated in vitro.
                                                            • May be left in place for up to seven days.
                                                            • Helps reduce pain3-6 in situ and on dressing removal.
A laboratory study showed that AQUACEL® Ag Ribbon
with Ionic Silver was more effective than iodoform
packing strips at killing MRSA in an in vitro model7

• Antimicrobial Efficacy of AQUACEL®Ag Ribbon Dressing (100% silver-containing
CMC) and Iodoform Gauze Packing Strip Against CA-MRSA (USA 300)


Management of Abscesses and MRSA
in the Emergency Department Video

Frank LoVecchio, DO, MPH, FACEP, ABMT
Maricopa Medical Center, Research Director,
Emergency Medicine
Vice-Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Professor, AZ College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Click here to download (WMV, 139 MB)


The Changing Face of Wound Care
in the Emergency Department
Mark L Waltzman, MD
Assistant Medical Director
Division of Emergency Medicine Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Click here to play (Opens in a new window)
Click here to download (WMV, 67 MB)


Abscess Management
Sales Aid (PDF)



I&D Packing Instructions    
for Use (PDF)   



Centers for Disease
Control website
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References: 1. Jones SA. Bowler PG, Walker M, Parsons D. Controlling wound bioburden with a novel silver-containing Hydrofiber dressing. Wound Rep Reg. 2004;12:288–294. 2. Bowler PG, Jones SA, Walker M, Parsons D. Microbicidal properties of a silver-containing Hydrofiber dressing against a variety of burn wound pathogens. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2004;25(2):192-196 3. Armstrong SH, Brown DA, Hill E, Ruckley CV. A randomized trial of a new HydrofiberTM dressing, Aquacel®, and an alginate in the treatment of exuding leg ulcers. Presented at: 5th European Conference on Advances in Wound Management; Harrogate, UK: November 1995. 4. Caruso DM, Foster KN, Blome-Eberwein SA et al. Randomized clinical study of HydrofiberTM dressing with silver or silver sulfadiazine in the management of partial-thickness burns. J Burn Care Res. 2006;27(3):298–309. 5. Kogan L, Moldavsky M, Szvalb S, Govrin-Yehudain J. Comparative study of Aquacel® and Silverol® treatment in burns. Ann Burns Fire Disasters. 2004;17(4):201–207. 6. Barnea Y, Amir A, Leshem D et al. Clinical comparative study of Aquacel® and paraffin gauze dressing for split-skin donor site treatment. Ann Plast Surg 2004 Aug;53(2):132–136. 7. Jones S, Towers V, Bowler P. A Comparison of the In Vitro Antimicrobial Activity of Iodoform Gauze and Silver-Containing Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose Wound Dressings. Poster presented at: 24th Annual symposium on Advanced Wound care and Wound healing Society (SAWC/WHS); April 14-17, 2011; Dallas, Texas.

Skin abcess treatment and wound care