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Absorbent and primary dressings on the Drug Tariff

Author(s)

Andrew Heenan
RGN RMN BA(Hons)

Email: andrew2@heenan.net

Contents
Published: Mar 2004
Last updated: Jul 2004
Revision: 1.1

Keywords: Drug Tariff; wound management; absorbent dressings; primary dressings.

Abstract

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


Absorbent dressing pads

Absorbent dressing pads
Product name Size Basic Price
Drisorb Dressing Pad  10cm x 20cm  17p 

Absorbent cellulose dressing with fluid repellent backing

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

Absorbent cellulose dressing with fluid repellent backing
Product name Size Basic price
Exu-Dry  10cm x 15cm  96p 
15cm x 23cm  196p 
23cm x 38cm  454p 
Mesorb  10cm x 10cm  54p 
10cm x 15cm  70p 
10cm x 20cm  86p 
15cm x 20cm  122p 
20cm x 25cm  193p 
20cm x 30cm  219p 

Absorbent, perforated plastic film faced dressings

Absorbent, perforated plastic film faced dressings
Product name Size Basic price
Cutilin  5cm x 5cm  13p 
10cm x 10cm  21p 
10cm x 20cm  40p 
Interpose  5cm x 5cm  9p 
10cm x 10cm  15p 
10cm x 20cm  32p 
Melolin  5cm x 5cm  14p 
10cm x 10cm  23p 
10cm x 20cm  46p 
Release  5cm x 5cm  13p 
10cm x 10cm  22p 
20cm x 10cm  41p 
Skintact  5cm x 5cm  10p 
10cm x 10cm  17p 
20cm x 10cm  34p 
Solvaline N  5cm x 5cm  9p 
10cm x 10cm  16p 
10cm x 20cm  32p 
Telfa (Non adherent dressing pad)  7.5cm x 5cm  12p 
10cm x 7.5cm  15p 
15cm x 7.5cm  17p 
20cm x 7.5cm  28p 

*Includes a non-adherent dressing pad.

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.

Absorbent, perforated dressing with adhesive border

Absorbent, perforated dressing with adhesive border
Product name Dimensions Contact pad Border Basic price
Cosmopor E  5cm x 7.2cm  2.7cm x 4cm  1.15cm-1.6cm  7p 
6cm x 10cm  2.7cm x 6.5cm  1.65cm-1.75cm  13p 
8cm x 10cm  4cm x 6.5cm  1.75cm-2.0cm  15p 
6cm x 15cm  2.7cm x 11cm  1.65cm-2.0cm  17p 
8cm x 15cm  4cm x 11cm  2.0cm  24p 
8cm x 20cm  4cm x 16cm  2.0cm  33p 
10cm x 20cm  5.5cm x 16cm  2.0cm-2.25cm  40p 
10cm x 25cm  5.5cm x 20cm  2.25cm-2.5cm  49p 
10cm x 35cm  5.5cm x 30cm  2.25cm-2.5cm  68p 
Medipore + Pads  5cm x 7.2cm  2.8cm x 3.8cm  1.0cm-2.0cm  7p 
10cm x 10cm  5cm x 5.5cm  2.0cm-2.5cm  15p 
10cm x 15cm  5cm x 10.5cm  2.0cm-2.5cm  23p 
10cm x 20cm  5cm x 15.5cm  2.0cm-2.5cm  36p 
10cm x 25cm  5cm x 20.5cm  2.0cm-2.5cm  44p 
10cm x 35cm  5cm x 30.4cm  2.0cm-2.5cm  61p 
Mepore  7cm x 8cm  4cm x 5cm  1.5cm  9p 
10cm x 11cm  6cm x 6cm  2.0cm-2.5cm  19p 
11cm x 15cm  6cm x 10cm  2.5cm  31p 
9cm x 20cm  5cm x 15cm  2.0cm-2.5cm  38p 
9cm x 25cm  5cm x 20cm  2.0cm-2.5cm  52p 
9cm x30cm  5cm x 25cm  2.0cm x 2.5cm  60p 
9cm x 35cm  5cm x 30cm  2.0cm x 2.5cm  65p 
Neosafe Self-Adhesive Border  9cm x 10cm  5cm x 5.8cm  2.0cm x 2.1cm  16p 
9cm x 20cm  5cm x 15cm  2.0cm-2.5cm  34p 
Primapore  6cm x 8.3cm  3.4cm x 5.7cm  1.3cm  15p 
8.0cm x 10cm  4.5cm x 5cm  1.75cm-2.5cm  16p 
8.0cm x 15cm  4.5cm x 10cm  1.75cm-2.5cm  28p 
10cm x 20cm  5cm x 14cm  2.5cm-3.0cm  37p 
10cm x 25cm  5cm x 18cm  2.5cm-3.5cm  42p 
10cm x 30cm  5cm x 23cm  2.5cm-3.5cm  53p 
12cm x 35cm  6.6cm x 29cm  2.7cm x 2.95cm  87p 
Sterifix*  5cm x 7cm  5cm x 5cm  1.0cm  17p 
7cm x 10cm  5cm x 10cm  1.0cm  29p 
10cm x 14cm  8cm x 14cm  1.0cm  51p 
Telfa Island**  5cm x 10cm  3.3cm x 4.8cm  0.85cm-2.6cm  8p 
10cm x 20cm  5cm x 15cm  2.5cm  34p 

* With two adhesive strips ** With non-adherent dressing pad

Knitted polyester primary dressing impregnated with neutral triglycerides

Knitted polyester primary dressing impregnated with neutral triglycerides
Product name Size Basic price
Atrauman  5cm x 5cm  23p 
7.5cm x 10cm  24p 
10cm x 20cm  55p 

Knitted viscose primary dressing BP type 1

Sterile knitted viscose dressing.

Knitted viscose primary dressing BP type 1
Product name Size Basic price
N-A Dressing  9.5cm x 9.5cm  33p 
19cm x 9.5cm  62p 
N-A Ultra  9.5cm x 9.5cm  31p 
19cm x 9.5cm  59p 
Paratex  9.5cm x 9.5cm  25p 
Primary  14.5cm x 12.5cm  39p 
Setoprime  9.5cm x 9.5cm  27p 
Tricotex  9.5cm x 9.5cm  29p 

Publishing history

This set of articles is based on an earlier series, Dressings on the Drug Tariff, which ran from July 1997 to November 1998. The following include absorbent dressings:

References

1. Prescription Pricing Authority, Department of Health. Drug Tariff. London: The Stationery Office, June 2004.




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