Cutimed® Sorbact® Swab

is a DACC™-coated, non-absorbent bacteria and fungi binding wound contact layer, based on Sorbact® Technology, that allows passage of wound exudate into a secondary dressing. It can also be used in conjunction with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT).

  • Prevents and treats wound infection
  • Safe removal of bacteria, fungi and endotoxins
  • Effective against most common resistant pathogens

Intended Purpose

Cutimed Sorbact Swab is intended for use in the management of clean, contaminated, colonised or infected exuding wounds, such as surgical wounds, traumatic wounds, pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and leg ulcers. It can be used on both superficial and deep wounds. For managing exudate, Cutimed Sorbact Swab should be used with a secondary dressing appropriate for the exudate level.

Wear time: Should the clinical condition allow, the dressing can be left in place for up to 7 days.

Learn about the product and how to apply it

Product benefits

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Prevents and treats wound infection

Sorbact Technology dressings reduce bioburden and support effective wound healing, with no known contraindications and low risk of allergies1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
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Safe removal of bacteria, fungi and endotoxins

Sorbact Technology dressings irreversibly bind and remove bacteria, without the release of active agents to the wound5. Development of bacterial or fungal resistance is not expected.
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Effective against most common resistant pathogens

In vitro tests show that Sorbact Technology dressings are able to inhibit the growth of the Top 5 World Health Organization (WHO) pathogens7.
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Can be cut to suitable size and shape

Easy to cut to any size and custom shape to adapt to your needs, making it suitable for many wound types.
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Suitable for use in conjunction with NPWT


Product facts

Superficial and deep


Low to excessive

Secondary fixation needed

Both side application

How to use

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1. Prepare the wound and surrounding skin according to local clinical practice.
2. Select an appropriate dressing size for the wound. The dressing can be unfolded into suitable size and may overlap the wound margins if needed.
3. Remove the dressing from the peel pouch using an aseptic technique.
4. If the dressing is cut, use an aseptic technique. Do not tear the dressing. Discard any unused dressing.
5. Apply the dressing. Ensure that the dressing comes into direct contact with the complete wound surface to allow microorganisms to bind to the dressing. In deep wounds, unfold and fluff up one or more dressings and fill the wound. Avoid dense packing. The dressing can also be used as a liner.
6. Apply a secondary dressing appropriate for the exudate level such as a foam dressing, absorbent pad or gelling fiber dressing, and fixate.
7. The dressing change frequency depends on exudate levels and the overall condition of the wound and surrounding skin. Should the clinical condition allow, the dressing can be left in place for up to 7 days.
How to remove
Should the dressing adhere to the wound, moisten the dressing to assist removal and to avoid disruption of the healing wound.

For detailed product information, including indications for use, contraindications, precautions and warnings, please consult the product’s Instructions for Use (IFU).

Product specifications

Essity Product Code
Pack Quantity
PIP Code
Cutimed® Sorbact® Swab 7216416 4 cm x 6 cm 40 ELZ1203
Cutimed® Sorbact® Swab 7216417 4 cm x 6 cm 5 ELY212 232-4325
Cutimed® Sorbact® Swab 7216514 7 cm x 9 cm 40 ELZ1197
Cutimed® Sorbact® Swab 7216515 7 cm x 9 cm 5 ELY213 232-4333

Supporting products

Cutimed® Siltec®

is a silicone coated, sterile, absorbent polyurethane foam dressing with superabsorbent stripes to additionally absorb and lock wound exudate.

Cutimed® Sorbion® Sachet S

is a sterile, hydroactive, gel-forming, superabsorbent wound dressing.

Cutimed® Gelling Fiber

is a soft, conformable CMC dressing (sodium carboxymethylcellulose) with enhanced fibers for strengthening.

Cutimed® Siltec® B

is a silicone coated, sterile, absorbent polyurethane foam dressing for atraumatic dressing changes that contains super-absorbent stripes which absorb and lock wound exudate.

Medical References

1 Bua N et al. Dialkylcarbamoyl Chloride Dressings in the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections after Nonimplant Vascular Surgery. Ann Vasc Surg. 2017;44:387-392.
2 Stanirowski P et al. Randomized controlled trial evaluating dialkylcarbamoyl chloride impregnated dressings for the prevention of surgical site infections in adult women undergoing cesarean section. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2016;17:427-435.
3 Kammerlander G et al. An investigation of Cutimed Sorbact as an antimicrobial alternative in wound management. Wounds UK. 2008;4:10-18.
4 Mosti G et al. Comparative study of two antimicrobial dressings in infected leg ulcers: a pilot study. J Wound Care. 2015;24:121-122, 124-127.
5 Husmark J et al. Antimicrobial effects of bacterial binding to a dialkylcarbamoyl chloride-coated wound dressing: an in vitro study. J Wound Care. 2022;31:560-570.
6 Gentili V et al. Panbacterial real-time PCR to evaluate bacterial burden in chronic wounds treated with Cutimed Sorbact. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2012;31:1523-1529.
7 Husmark J et al. Antimicrobial effect of a DACC-coated bacteria-binding wound dressing against WHO pathogens. EWMA. November 18-19, 2020, virtual conference (EP006).

Clinical Evidence

On this page, you can view and explore a selection of clinical studies that underline the performance of the Cutimed portfolio.

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Instruction for use

Please make sure to always follow the instructions for use, including the safety information provided with the product. Not at hand? Find the needed safety information in this database!

Cutimed IFUs