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Sorbact Technology-coated microbial binding dressings

Unlike dressings which depend on antimicrobials or antiseptics to remove bacteria from contaminated and infected wounds, Cutimed Sorbact is the first range of wound dressings to work without a chemically active agent.

By the physical principle of hydrophobic interaction, within 30 seconds1, bacteria and fungi become physically and irreversibly bound to the dressings' specially coated surface of Sorbact Technology. Therefore with every dressing change, the bound bacteria and fungi are simply removed from the wound bed2.


The use of Cutimed Sorbact dressings are also not linked to contraindications and side effects that are associated with the use of other antimicrobial dressings.

How it works

Hydrophobic interaction is a basic physical principle. Hydrophobic substances and organisms attract and bind to each other in an aqueous environment and are held together by the forces of the surrounding water molecules.

Cutimed Sorbact dressings are coated with Sorbact Technology, a hydrophobic fatty acid derivative which gives the dressings their highly hydrophobic properties. In the moist environment of an infected wound, bacteria are attracted to the dressing and become irreversibly bound to it. Pathogenic wound bacteria and fungi also display hydrophobic properties so will readily attach to the dressings3, 4

Cutimed Sorbact is available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and variants suitable for different levels of exudate. They can be used safely5 on all types of colonised or infected wounds regardless of their aetiology:

  • Chronic wounds such as venous, pressure or diabetic foot ulcers
  • Post-operative or dehisced surgical wounds
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Wounds after excision of abscesses

The dressing can also be used prophylactically to prevent infection, providing sufficient moisture is present at the wound site.

References 1) Ljungh A., Yanagisawa N., Wadström T.: Using the principle of hydrophobic interaction to bind and remove wound bacteria. JWC (2006) 15/4: 175-180. 2) Kammerlander G. et al: Non-medicated wound dressing as an antimicrobial alternative in wound management. Die Schwester Der Pfleger (2007) 46: 84-87. 3) Ljungh Å., Wadström T.: Growth conditions influence expression of cell surface hydrophobicity of Staphylococci and other wound infection pathogens. Microbiological Immunology (1995) 39/10: 753-757. 4) Robertson E.: Treatment of Candida infection with a fungus adsorbing dressing. Sår (2007) 1: 26. 5) Haycocks S. et al: Use of a DACC-coated antimicrobial dressing in people with diabetes and a history of foot ulceration. Wounds UK (2011) 7: 11, 108-114.

  • Reducing the bacterial bioburden in a wound improves the conditions for wound healing to take place. By removing bacteria with each dressing change, Cutimed Sorbact reduces not only their number but also the level of harmful toxins, improving conditions for wound healing to take place.
  • None of the drawbacks of conventional antimicrobial dressings. There is no cytotoxicity, no disturbance in wound inspection and no contra-indications - the dressing can be used safely during pregnancy, breastfeeding and on children.
  • Safe to use for pro-longed periods of time as no chemicals are donated into the wound bed
BSN CodeDescriptionSizePack QtyPIP CodeNHS SC Code
72161-01Cutimed Sorbact dressing pad7cm x 9cm1 x 5232-4291ELY214
72162-01Cutimed Sorbact dressing pad10cm x 10cm1 x 5232-4309ELY215
72163-00Cutimed Sorbact dressing pad10cm x 20cm1 x 20232-4317ELY219
72164-01Cutimed Sorbact swab4cm x 6cm (folded) 11cm x 16cm (unfolded)1 x 5232-4325ELY212
72165-01Cutimed Sorbact swab7cm x 9cm (folded) 17cm x 27cm (unfolded)1 x 5232-4333ELY213
72166-00Cutimed Sorbact ribbon2cm x 50cm1 x 20339-9482ELY218
72167-00Cutimed Sorbact ribbon5cm x 200cm1 x 10339-9490ELY217
72168-00Cutimed Sorbact round swab3cm14 x 5232-4341ELY309


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