SMTL Dressings Datacard

Product Name: Debrisan paste
Classification Name: Dressing Polysaccharide Bead, Paste
Manufacturer: Pharmacia and Upjohn Ltd


Debrisan Paste is a sterile, granular semi-solid prepared from Debrisan beads 64%, with polyethylene glycol 600 and water.


Debrisan Paste is intended for use in the treatment of wounds containing moist soft slough such as leg ulcers and infected surgical wounds.


Debrisan Paste should not be used near the eye, or in the treatment of deep narrow wounds or sinuses from which removal may be difficult.

Method of use

A layer of Debrisan Paste, not less than 3 mm thick, is applied to the wound and covered with a suitable pad or dressing retention material such as a semipermeable film dressing. Exudate from the wound is drawn up into the paste, which should be changed before it becomes fully saturated. This is best accomplished by irrigating the wound with sterile water or normal saline, using a syringe. Once the wound has been cleansed, a new layer of paste is applied while the area is still moist. In order to facilitate removal of the paste from the wound, it may be used in conjunction with a fine nylon net. This should be laid gently into the wound before the application of the paste.

Frequency of Change

The frequency of dressing changes will depend entirely upon the nature of the wound. Initially, twice daily changes may be required but subsequently the interval may be increased so that the wound is dressed daily or on alternate days.


Debrisan Paste should not be applied to dry wounds and its use in the management of more heavily exuding wounds should be discontinued as granulation takes place and exudate production decreases.

Occasionally, transient pain in the area of the wound has been reported soon after application of Debrisan Paste. This may be avoided by ensuring that the wound is moistened before the dressing is applied.


Debrisan Paste is presented in foil/plastic laminate sachets.


Debrisan Paste has a shelf life of three years when stored at room temperature.


10g paste sachets in boxes of 6

Legal Category

Pharmacy only [P]


1. Thomas S, et al., A comparison of the wound cleansing properties of two hydrogel dressings, J. Wound Care, 1993, 2 (5), in press.

2. Marzin L, Comparing dextranomer absorbent pads and dextranomer paste in the treatment of venous leg ulcers, J. Wound Care., 1993, 2, (2), 80-83.

Revision Details

Revision AuthorDr S. Thomas
Revision No 1.5
Revision date1997/12/16

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

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