Alginate (Fibre)

A term used to describe fibres composed of metallic salts of alginic acid. Alginate fibres are made from sodium alginate, which is a natural polymer extracted from brown seaweeds. Over the last two decades, alginate fibers have become well established in the wound management industry where their ion€exchange and gel€forming abilities are particularly useful for the treatment of exuding wounds. In order to deliver functional performances for advanced wound management products, many improvements have been made in recent years to enhance the absorption and gel€forming capabilities and the anti€microbial properties of alginate fibers.