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Product Type: Alginate or other fiber gelling dressing
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Smith & Nephew, Inc. | Model: 66800561 |
HCPCS : A6196 (Medicare DME co-payment per billable unit min / max: $1.53 / $1.80)
DURAFIBER is a gelling fiber dressing.
CLAIMED FEATURES: Soft sterile non-woven pad or ribbon dressing composed of cellulose ethyl sulphonate fibres. This highly absorbent and conformable dressing is designed to rapidly form a clear, cool gel on contact with wound fluid. This gel absorbs excess fluid, locks exudate away from the wound, provides a moist environment to support autolytic debridement and conforms intimately to the wound bed. The high integral wet strength of DURAFIBER facilitates easy one-piece removal from moist wound beds and cavity wounds; minimising trauma to the wound and pain to the patient on removal.
OpTIONS: 6” x 6”, Pack of 5
Wound Reference does not produce, market, re-sell or distribute health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.
Application: Can be used as primary dressing
Application: Can be used as secondary dressing
Depth: Full thickness (deep)
Depth: Partial thickness (shallow)
Exudate: Dry
Exudate: Low
Exudate: Moderate
Exudate: High
Indications: May be applied over infected tissue
Indications: May be used to pack deep wounds
Indications: May be used under compression
Medicare freq of replacement: 1/day
Medicare freq of replacement: every other day
Medicare freq of replacement: 3/week
Medicare freq of replacement: 1/week
Wear time: Up to 1 day
Wear time: Up to 3 days
Wear time: Up to 7 days
Wear time: More than 7 days

Alginate Dressings are used to absorb wound fluid and control moisture of wounds. These dressings, when in form of rope or ribbon, fill in dead space, conform to the wound bed and help clean the wound. Alginate Dressings may be impregnated with silver, which can fight infection. Because they are highly absorptive, Alginate Dressings are good for wounds with a moderate to large amount of fluid and should not be used for dry or wounds with eschar. Use with caution on fragile tissue, as it may cause bleeding.

  1. Livingston, M. and Wolvos, T. 2015. Scottsdale Wound Management Guide. 2nd ed. Malvern, PA: HMP Communications, LLC.
  2. Stephen Thomas 2010. Surgical Dressings and Wound Management. Thomas, S. ed. Great Britain: Medetec Publications.

If you have coverage through Medicare Part B and your condition meets Medicare requirements for coverage, you may be eligible to have this product covered by Medicare. You will need a written order prescribed by a provider enrolled in Medicare, so that you can purchase this product at a Durable Medical Equipment store that accepts Medicare. You will need to pay deductibles and co-payment. The actual co-payment amount varies according to your state. If you do not have Medicare Part B or do not meet the requirements needed for coverage, you can find this product at pharmacies and medical supply stores. When available, please see pricing in "Other Stores" below.

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