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Author: Andrew Heenan RGN RMN BA(Hons)

This article includes all the absorbent and primary wound dressings included in the Drug Tariff [1]. Proprietary names are included for convenience.

Absorbent cellulose dressing with fluid repellent backing

For use as a primary or secondary dressing for medium to heavily exuding wounds.

 

Product

Size

Price

Eclypse

15cm x 15cm

97p

20cm x 30cm

214p

60cm x 40cm815p

Eclypse Adherent

10cm x 10cm

299p

10cm x 20cm

375p

15cm x 15cm499p
20cm x 30cm999p

Eclypse Adherent Sacral

17cm x 19cm

376p

22cm x 23cm

623p

Eclypse Boot

23cm x 38cm

1378p

Exu-Dry 

10cm x 15cm

106p

15cm x 23cm

217p

23cm x 38cm

504p

Mesorb 

10cm x 10cm

59p

10cm x 15cm

77p

10cm x 20cm

95p

15cm x 20cm

136p

20cm x 25cm

214p

20cm x 30cm

243p

Telfa Max

22.8cm x 38cm

462p

38cm x 45.7cm

561p

38cm x 60.9cm

816p

Zetuvit E
(Non-Sterile)

10cm x 10cm6p
10cm x 20cm8p
20cm x 20cm 14p
20cm x 40cm 26p

Zetuvit E

(Sterile)

10cm x 10cm 20p
10cm x 20cm 23p
20cm x 20cm 37p
20cm x 40cm 104p

Absorbent dressing pads

Product

Size

Price

Drisorb Dressing Pad 

10cm x 20cm

17p

PremierPad

10cm x 20cm

18p

20cm x 20cm 25p
Xupad Dressing Pad

10cm x 20cm

17p

20cm x 20cm28p
20cm x 40cm40p

Absorbent, perforated dressing with adhesive border

Product

Size

Contact pad

Border

Price

Cosmopor E 

5 x 7.2

2.7 x 4

1.15 - 1.6

8p

8 x 10

4 x 6.5

1.75 - 2.0

16p

8 x 15

4 x 11

2.0

26p

10 x 20

5.5 x 16

2.0 - 2.25

43p

10 x 25

5.5 x 20

2.25 - 2.5

53p

10 x 35

5.5 x 30

2.25 - 2.5

74p

Cutiplast Steril 5cm x 7.2cm 4cm x 2.7cm 0.9-1.15cm 5p
8cm x 10cm 4cm x 6cm 2cm 10p
8cm x 15cm 4cm x 11cm 2cm 23p
10cm x 20cm 5cm x 16cm 2-2.5cm 29p
10cm x 25cm 5cm x 20cm 2.5cm 30p
10cm x 30cm 5cm x 25cm 2.5cm 40p

DressPore

7 x 8 4 x 5 1.5 9p
10 x 11 6 x 6 2.0 - 2.5 19p
11 x 15 6 x 10 2.5 31p
Leukomed 7.2cm x 5cm 2.8cm x 3.8cm 1.1-1.7cm 8p
8cm x 10cm 4.5cm x 6.1cm 1.75-1.95cm 17p
8cm x 15cm 4cm x 11.6cm 1.7-2cm 30p
10cm x 20cm 5.2cm x 16.1cm 1.95-2.4cm 40p
10cm x 25cm 5cm x 20cm 2.5cm 46p
10cm x 30cm 5.4cm x 25cm 2.3-2.5cm 59p
10cm x 35cm 5cm x 30cm 2.5cm 68p

Medipore + Pads 

5 x 7.2

2.8 x 3.8

1.0 - 2.0

7p

10 x 10

5 x 5.5

2.0 - 2.5

15p

10 x 15

5 x 10.5

2.0 - 2.5

24p

10 x 20

5 x 15.5

2.0 - 2.5

36p

10 x 25

5 x 20.5

2.0 - 2.5

45p

10 x 35

5 x 30.4

2.0 - 2.5

62p

Medisafe 

6 x 8

3 x 5

1.5

8p

8 x 10

4 x 6

2.0

13p

8 x 12

4 x 8

2.0

23p

9 x 15

4 x 10

2.5

29p

9 x 20

4 x 14

2.5

34p

9 x 25

4 x 19

2.5

36p

Mepore 

7 x 8

4 x 5

1.5

10p

9 x 20

5 x 15

2.0 - 2.5

42p

9 x 25

5 x 20

2.0 - 2.5

58p

9 x 30

5 x 25

2.0 x 2.5

67p

9 x 355 x 302.0 - 2.5 73p

10 x 11

6 x 6

2.0 - 2.5

21p

11 x 15

6 x 10

2.5

34p

PremierPore

5 x 7 3 x 4 1-1.5 5p
10 x 10 6 x 5 2-2.5 12p
10 x 15 5 x 10 2.5 18p
10 x 20 5 x 15 2.5 32p
10 x 25 5 x 20 2.5 36p
10 x 30 5 x 25 2.5 45p
10 x 35 5 x 30 2.5 52p

Primapore 

6 x 8.3

3.4 x 5.7

1.3

17p

8.0 x 10

4.5 x 5

1.75 - 2.5

18p

8.0 x 15

4.5 x 10

1.75 - 2.5

31p

10 x 20

5 x 14

2.5 - 3.0

41p

10 x 25

5 x 18

2.5 - 3.5

47p

10 x 30

5 x 23

2.5 - 3.5

59p

12 x 35

5.1 x 28

2.45 - 3.5

91p

Softpore

6 x 7

3 x 4

1.5

6p

10 x 10

5 x 6

2.0 - 2.5

13p

10 x 15

5 x 10

2.5

20p

10 x 20

5 x 15

2.5

35p

10 x 25

5 x 20

2.5

40p

10 x 30

5 x 25

2.5

49p

10 x 35

5 x 30

2.5

58p

Sterifix* 

5 x 7

5 x 5

1.0

19p

7 x 10

5 x 10

1.0

31p

10 x 14

8 x 14

1.0

55p

Telfa AMD Island

10 x 12.55 x 82.25 - 2.558p
10 x 205 x 15.5 2.25 - 2.585p

10 x 25.5

5 x 20.5

2.5 - 2.75

96p

10 x 35

5 x 30.5

2.5119p

Telfa Island
(Non adherent
dressing pad) ** 

5 x 103.3 x 4.8 0.85 - 2.68p
10 x 12.55 x 8.52.0 - 2.527p
10 x 205 x 152.535p

10 x 25.5

5 x 20

2.5 - 2.75

44p

10 x 35

5 x 30

2.5

61p

sizes given in cm.
* With two adhesive strips ** With non-adherent dressing pad

 

Absorbent, perforated plastic film faced dressings

Product

5cm x 5cm

10cm x 10cm10cm x 20cm
Askina Pad 13p 20p 41p
Cutisorb LA8p14p29p
Interpose 9p15p32p
Melolin 16p 26p 51p
Release 14p23p 44p
Skintact 10p17p34p
Solvaline N 9p 17p 33p

Product

Size

Price

Telfa
(Non adherent dressing pad)
7.5cm x 5cm12p
10cm x 7.5cm15p
15cm x 7.5cm17p
20cm x 7.5cm29p
Telfa AMD7.5cm x 10cm17p
7.5cm x 20cm28p

These dressings were probably the first serious attempt to improve on the cotton gauze 'dry dressing', and combine absorbency with reduced risk of adherence. They were also the first to be described as 'non-stick' or non-adherent, a claim that research suggests may have been exaggerated. Compared with the fabric dressings used before, however, they were certainly low adherent.

Sterile knitted viscose dressing

Knitted viscose primary dressing BP type 1

Product

9.5cm x 9.5cm

19cm x 9.5cm

N-A Dressing35p 67p
N-A Ultra33p 63p
Tricotex  32p 

Super-Absorbent Dressing

Super-Absorbent Dressing

KerraMax 10cm x 10cm 91p
10cm x 22cm £1.20
20cm x 22cm £2.12
30cm x 20cm £2.43
  10cm x 10cm 60p
  10cm x 20cm 83p
  15cm x 20cm 95p
  20cm x 25cm £1.30
  20cm x 40cm £2.00

 

References

1. Prescription Pricing Authority, Department of Health. Drug Tariff. London: The Stationery Office, June 2011.

Article Updated: June 2011

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