Apply ConvaTec Aquacel Ag dressing with ionic silver on a clean wound, and overlap the dressing 1/2 inch on the surrounding skin, instructs Drugs.com. Use this dressing as a primary dressing, and cover it with a secondary dressing such as gauze or foam dressing.
Remove the dressing frequently to check the condition of the wound, and never leave the Aquacel Ag dressing in place for more than seven days, states Drugs.com. When excessive bleeding or signs of infection are present, remove the dressing. When dressing burn wounds, overlap the dressing 2 inches on the surrounding skin, and cover it with sterile gauze. Application of the dressing over joints can hinder movement.
Consumers can use over-the-counter Aquacel Ag with ionic silver products on minor cuts and abrasions and minor burns, according to Drugs.com. Health care professionals use these products on more substantial wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, surgical wounds and severe burns.
Aquacel Ag Hydrofiber wound dressing contains 1.2 percent ionic silver, which is known for its antimicrobial properties, states ConvaTec. It is recommended in applications where there is a high risk of infection. As of February 2015, the dressing with ionic silver is available in 4-by-4.7-inch squares or 18-inch ribbons with reinforcement fiber.