SMTL Dressings Datacard

Product Name: Clinisorb odour control dressing
Classification Name: Dressing Activated Charcoal Cloth
Manufacturer: CliniMed Ltd


Clinisorb Odour Control Dressing consists of charcoal cloth, produced by carbonising and activating a knitted viscose rayon fabric, sandwiched between 2 layers of calendered viscose rayon. Both sides of the dressing are therefore identical. Activated charcoal has the ability to adsorb volatile molecules from the air such as those which are liberated by a wound that are responsible for odour production.


Clinisorb Odour Control Dressing may be used to contain the odour produced by all types of malodorous wounds, including fungating lesions, faecal fistulae, necrotic pressure sores, and heavily exuding leg ulcers.


Clinisorb Odour Control Dressing is a secondary dressing and there are no known contra-indications.

Method of use

Clinisorb Odour Control Dressing is not intended to be placed in direct contact with the wound, but should be applied over a suitable primary dressing, and held in place with tape or a bandage as appropriate. Because both sides of the dressing are the same, it does not matter which surface is placed downwards. The dressings may also be shaped or cut to size if required.

Frequency of Change

The frequency of dressing change will depend upon whether the dressing becomes wet. Once the charcoal cloth comes into contact with exudate, its odour adsorbing properties are reduced and a change is recommended. If the dressing is not contaminated with exudate, it may be re-applied when the primary dressing is changed and left in place for up to a week on the same patient. Dressings contaminated with exudate should be replaced when the primary dressing is changed.


Clinisorb Odour Control Dressing is presented individually wrapped in a peel pouch, sterilised by gamma irradiation.


10 cm 10 cm

10 cm 20 cm

15 cm 25 cm

*Sterilised by gamma irradiation


1. Thomas S, Current Practices in the Management of Fungating Lesions and Radiation Damaged Skin, Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory, Bridgend, 1992.

2. Lawrence JC, et al., Malodour and dressings containing active charcoal, Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Advances in Wound Management, Ed Harding KG, Cherry G, Dealey C, and Turner TD, Macmillan Magazines Ltd, 1993, pp 73-74.

Revision Details

Revision AuthorDr S. Thomas
Revision No 1.4
Revision date1997/12/16

This datacard has been prepared from data provided by the manufacturer and/or from published literature.

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