Kendall Calcium Alginate

Kendall Calcium Alginate

Kendall™ Calcium Alginate dressings are a soft, sterile, non-woven dressing composed of calcium-sodium alginate fibres. When Kendall™ Calcium Alginate dressings come into contact with wound exudate they develop a gel consistency. Also available is Kendall™ Calcium Alginate with Zinc providing added benefits.

Key benefits

  • Highly absorbent – absorbs 15-20x its own weight in exudate, thus reducing dressing changes
  • Vertical wicking – provides a moist wound healing environment, binds exudate thus preventing skin maceration
  • Stable gel formula – enhanced dressing integrity
  • Non-adherent – easy, painless dressing removal that minimises tissue trauma and maximises patient comfort
  • Conformable – allows full mobility of dressing site
  • High calcium content – aids haemostasis
  • Dressing and rope format – can be customised/trimmed to fit a variety of wounds and sizes with the ability to fill deep or tunnel wounds

Kendall™ Calcium Alginate clinical studies

Author(s) Title Publication
Boucher, J. The management of drainage wounds using a calcium alginate dressing
De Boer, C. The healing properties of a zinc impregnated calcium alginate EWMA, 2008, poster
Meuleneire, F. Case report on a new alginate dressing EWMA, 2008, poster
Terrill, P. et al. Absorption of blood by moist wound healing dressings Primary Intention, 2003, 11 (1)


Kendall™ Calcium Alginate dressings are indicated for:

  • Venous leg ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Arterial ulcers
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Donor sites
  • Lacerations and abrasions
  • Post surgical incisions
  • Second degree partial thickness burns
  • External wounds with moderate to high wound exudate
  • May be used on infected or contaminated wounds when changed daily
  • Controlling minor bleeding

Applying Kendall™ Calcium Alginate*

1. Cleanse the wound site with wound cleanser or normal saline
2. Gently pat the wound (with sterile 4” by 4” gauze sponge) and surrounding skin to remove excess moisture
3. Apply wound dressing (either side) to moist wound surface
4. Cover with secondary dressing and secure in place (e.g. hypoallergenic cloth tape) or a semi-occlusive film (e.g. transparent dressing)
5. Change the dressing** when the secondary dressing becomes saturated or change accordingly to the established protocol by a health care professional

**A heavily exuding wound may require dressing changes once or twice a day. As the wound heals and exudate is reduced, dressing changes can be made less frequently (every 2-4 days) or as directed by a health care professional.

*See product insert leaflet for full instructions for use.


Kendall™ Calcium Alginate dressings are not indicated for third degree burns or for use as a surgical sponge. They are not designed to control heavy bleeding and are contraindicated for that purpose.

Product Size Pieces per box Product code PIP code NHS code
Kendall Alginate 5cm x 5cm 10 9232 290-0710 ELS433
Kendall Alginate 10cm x 10cm 10 9233 289-3154 ELS462
Kendall Alginate 10cm x 14cm 10 9240 289-3170 ELS437
Kendall Alginate 10cm x 20cm 5 9238 289-3139 ELS435
Kendall Alginate 15cm x 25cm 10 9239 289-3162 ELS436
Kendall Alginate 30cm x 61cm 1 9242 290-0736 ELS438


Product Size Pieces per box Product code PIP code NHS code
Kendall Alginate – Zinc 5cm x 5cm 10 9354 289-3113 ELS607
Kendall Alginate – Zinc 10cm x 10cm 10 9355 289-3097 ELS605
Kendall Alginate – Zinc 10cm x 20cm 5 9356 289-3121 ELS606