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Sorbsan Silver Ribbon

Sorbsan Silver Ribbon is a sterile, non-woven, calcium alginate cavity wound dressing, impregnated with silver, high in Mannuronic acid and low in Guluronic acid.


The fibres of Sorbsan Silver Ribbon swell and form Sodium-Calcium alginate gel in contact with wound exudate. The gel:

  • Provides a moist wound healing environment1
  • Conforms to the contours of the wound2,3
  • Atraumatic dressing removal3
  • Promotes haemostasis4,5
  • Minimises disruption to newly formed tissue6
Sorbsan Silver Ribbon are broad spectrum antimicrobial dressings, effective against MRSA, VRE and MRSE7,8,9. The average silver content is 1.5%.
Wound types:
Application Sorbsan AG Packing Ribbon
Sorbsan Silver Ribbon alginate dressing


Sorbsan Silver Ribbon is intended for use of breached dermis / hypodermis cavity wounds, where the wounds can heal only by secondary intention:

  • Smaller cavity wounds
  • Shallow wounds
  • Infected wounds (when moderated heavily)

And is therefore suitable for the management of:

  • Partial and full thickness wounds
  • Arterial, venous and diabetic leg ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Post-operative wounds
  • Fungating lesions
  • Following toe-nail avulsions
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Pilonidal sinuses


Do not use on patients with a known sensitivity to silver or calcium alginate dressings.

Do not use on cavity wounds where the opening of the wound is smaller than the tip of the probe.

Do not use in conjunction with topical medicine.

Do not use on wounds with little or no exudate.

Sorbsan Silver Ribbon should not be used with heavily bleeding wounds.

Sorbsan Silver Ribbon should not be used as a surgical swab.

Always refer to the IFU provided with the dressing before use.


Ordering Information

Product codeDressingSizeQtyPiP codeNHS code
AG1412Sorbsan Silver Ribbon40cm/1g5327-0766tbc

We’re changing the way Sorbsan Silver Ribbon is supplied

Going forward, the Wound Probes provided with Sorbsan Silver Packing and Sorbsan Silver Ribbon will be packaged separately. This will not effect the quality or quantity of the dressings supplied and is solely a change to the packaging. Please contact us for more information.


1. Clayton, C. An evaluation of Sorbsan Silver for use as an antimicrobial wound dressing. Proceedings of Wounds UK, Harrogate 2009

2. White R, Cutting K. Exploring the effects of Silver in Wound Management-What is Optimal? Wounds. 2006;18 (110: 307-314)

3. Thomas, S Alginates Update on Alginates. Journal of Woundcare May/June Vol.1. No.1 1992

4. Duward,R. Dr. and Clark, M Prof. Novel methods for measuring the ability of wound dressings to contribute to blood coagulation. Poster and presentation EWMA 2012

5. Gove, J. A multicentre study examining the role of calcium alginate dressing in bleeding and chronic wounds Poster presented at EPUAP,EWMA 2012

6. Gilchrist T, Martin AM (1983) Wound treatment with Sorbsan – an alginate fibre dressing. Biomaterials 4(4): 317–20

7. Hedger, C. Can patients who are enrolled into a multicentre study demonstrate improved clinical outcomes and cost effciency savings? Poster Wounds UK 2012

8. Little, ML. , Barnsholt T. Effects of a Silver Dressing on an in vitro pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm EWMA Poster 2011

9. Hampton, S . A clinical evaluation of Sorbsan Silver in wounds colonised with Pseudomonas Au EWMA presentation and poster 2012