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Author: Andrew Heenan RGN RMN BA(Hons)

This article includes all the hydrocolloid dressings included in the Drug Tariff [1]. Proprietary names are included for convenience. Probably the first dressings to fully exploit the concept of moist wound healing, there is still a major role for hydrocolloid dressings in light to medium exuding wounds. Hydrocolloids are not ideal for infected wounds. The dressing requires a margin of smooth skin around the wound to ensure adhesion. Dressings need frequent change with heavily exuding wounds.

 

Hydrocolloid Dressing - Fibrous - Sterile - With Adhesive Border

Product Shape Dimensions Price
Versiva XC
Square 10cm x 10cm £2.36
14cm x 14cm £3.19
19cm x 19cm £5.09
22cm x 22cm £5.65
Heel 18.5cm x 20.5cm £5.65
Sacral 21cm x 25cm £6.06

 

Hydrocolloid Dressing - Fibrous - Sterile - Without Adhesive Border

Product Shape Dimensions Price
Versiva XC
Square 7.5cm x 7.5cm £1.39
11cm x 11cm £2.31
15cm x 15cm £4.26
20cm x 20cm £6.37

Semi-Permeable Dressing with Adhesive Border

For light to medium exuding wounds. Not suitable for infected wounds; heavy exudate necessitates too frequent dressing changes.

Product ShapeSizeContact PadBorderPrice
Comfeel PlusContour
Dressing*
6 x 8 6 x 8irregular 2.08
9 x 119 x 11irregular 3.61
Comfeel PlusCircular7 dia7irregular 3.24
10 dia10irregular 4.34
15 dia15irregular 6.54
Granuflex
(Bordered)
Square6 x 66 x 62 1.66
10 x 1010 x 102-2.5 3.14
15 x 1515 x 152.5 5.99
Granuflex
(Bordered)
Triangular10 x 13 10 x 132-2.5 3.71
15 x 1815 x 182-2.5 5.78

Hydrocoll
Border

(Bevelled
Edge)

Square5 x 5 3.5 x 3.50.75 0.95
7.5 x 7.54.5 x 4.51.5 1.57
10 x 107.75 x 7.751.25 2.29
12.5 x 12.512.5 x 12.51.5 4.30
Concave* 8 x 129.3 x 4.7irregular 2.01
Sacral* 12 x 1814 x 11irregular 3.42
Tegaderm HydrocolloidOval 10 x 127 x 91.5 2.26
13 x 1510 x 121.5 4.22
Sacral17.1 x 17.113.9 x 12.3irregular£4.71
Ultec ProSquare 21 x 2115.2 x 15.22.9 4.58
Sacral 15 x 1810 x 12.5irregular 3.23
19.5 x 2315 x 17.5irregular 4.88

*Contoured to facilitate application to difficult areas.
All dimensions in cm.

Semi-Permeable Dressing - without Adhesive Border

For light to medium exuding wounds. Not suitable for infected wounds; heavy exudate necessitates too frequent dressing changes.

ProductShapeSizePrice
ActivHeal Square 10cm x 10cm  1.55
15cm x 15cm  3.37
Sacral 15cm x 18cm  3.91

ActivHeal Hydrocolloid
Foam Backed

Rectangular5cm x 7.5cm £0.76
Square 10cm x 10cm  1.52
15cm x 15cm  2.86
 Sacral15cm x 18cm 3.30
Comfeel Plus Ulcer Dressing
(Bevelled Edge) 
Rectangular5cm x 7.5cm £0.96
Square 10cm x 10cm  2.29
15cm x 15cm  4.91
20cm x 20cm  7.08
Rectangular 4cm x 6cm  0.90
Triangular 18cm x 20cm  5.35
DuoDERM Signal Square 10cm x 10cm  2.00
14cm x 14 cm  3.52
20cm x 20cm  6.99
Heel 18.5 x 19.5  4.92
Sacral 22.5 x 20cm  5.74
Oval11cm x 19cm £3.05
Flexigran Square 10cm x 10cm  2.19
Granuflex
(Modified) 
Square  10cm x 10cm  2.64
15cm x 15cm  5.00
20cm x 20cm  7.52
Rectangular 20cm x 20cm  5.42
Hydrocoll Basic Square 10cm x 10cm  2.32
Nu-Derm Square 5cm x 5cm  0.85
10cm x 10cm  1.56
15cm x 15cm  3.18
20cm x 20cm  6.36
Heel/Elbow8cm x 12cm  3.18
Sacral15cm x 18cm  4.45
Tegaderm HydrocolloidSquare 10cm x 10cm  2.30
20cm x 20cm  4.46
Ultec Pro Square 10cm x 10cm  2.23
15cm x 15cm  4.36
20cm x 20cm  6.56

*Shaped to facilitate application to difficult areas.

Semi-Permeable with Adhesive Border

Sterile - For chronic and acute exuding wounds.

Product Shape Size Pad Border Price
Alione Square 10 x 10   6 x 6  2cm £3.01
12.5 x 12.5 8.5 x 8.5  2cm £4.14
15 x 15  10 x 10   2.5cm £5.24
20 x 20  14 x 14  3cm £7.82
Rect. 12 x 20  8 x 16  2cm £5.44

Semi-Permeable with Non-Adhesive Border

For chronic and acute exuding wounds.

Product Shape Size Contact pad Border Price
Alione Square 10 x 10  6 x 6  £3.01
12.5 x 12.5  8.5 x 8.5  £4.14
15 x 15  10 x 10  2.5  £5.24
20 x 20  14 x 14  £7.82
Rectangular 12 x 20  8 x 16  £5.44

See also: Hydrocolloid Dressing - Fibrous - Silver Impregnated - Sterile

Thin Semi-Permeable with Adhesive Border

For light to medium exuding wounds

Product SizeContact padBorderPrice
Tegaderm Hydrocolloid
Thin - Oval 
10cm x 12cm 7cm x 9cm 1.5cm  1.50
13cm x 15cm 10cm x 12cm 1.5cm  2.81

Thin Semi-Permeable - No Adhesive Border

Product ShapeDimensionsPrice
Askina Biofilm
Transparent 
Square 10cm x 10cm  1.04
20cm x 20cm  3.06
Comfeel Plus
Transparent
Dressing 
Square 10cm x 10cm  1.20
15cm x 15cm  3.12
20cm x 20cm  3.19
Rectangular 5cm x 7cm  0.63
5cm x 15cm  1.48
5cm x 25cm  2.41
9cm x 14cm  2.28
9cm x 25cm  3.24
15cm x 20cm  3.17
DuoDERM Extra Thin Rectangular 5cm x 10cm  0.72
9cm x 15cm £1.66
9cm x 25cm £2.66
9cm x 35cm £3.72
Square 7.5cm x 7.5cm  0.75
10cm x 10cm  1.24
15cm x 15cm  2.68
Flexigran ThinSquare 10cm x 10cm  1.08
Hydrocoll Thin Film Square 7.5cm x 7.5cm  0.66
10cm x 10cm  1.09
15cm x 15cm  2.46
Nu-dermSquare 10cm x 10cm  1.06
Tegaderm Hydrocolloid Thin Square 10cm x 10cm  1.51

 

References

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

Article Updated: June 2011

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