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Acticoat care fact sheet

Acticoat care

Acticoat is an anti-microbial barrier dressing used to prevent infection and aid the healing of burns and wounds. It works by forming a protective barrier over a wound, killing bacteria and keeping the surface of the wound moist.

Care of Acticoat at home

  • It is important that the dressing is kept moist. You will be provided with a syringe to flush the exposed tubes in the dressing. Flush the tube with clean drinking water three times a day. An easy prompt to remember this is breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • A nurse will discuss the amount of water necessary before your child goes home and it is also outlined in the table below.
  • To flush the tubes, fill the syringe with the required amount of clean drinking water. Remove the tube cap and insert the syringe into the tube. Slowly inject water into the tube. When completed, replace the cap on the tube.
  • If a tube falls out or your child pulls one out, put them back through the dressing if possible. If not, gently push the syringe down into the dressing and flush the water directly on to the Acticoat.
  • If the dressing becomes too wet or water is dripping out, you need to reduce the amount of water you are using. Try reducing the amount you put in by 1ml.
  • Do NOT immerse your child’s dressings in the bath or shower. Sponge-clean only while the dressings are on. If the dressing does get wet, contact Burns Outpatients Unit (5e) or the Surgical Ward (5d) as the dressing may require changing.
  • The dressing may display brown fluid, this is normal and caused from the silver dressing. Sometimes the silver can leave the skin brown, this will wash off in time.

Pain relief

  • Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, given in accordance with product instructions, should be sufficient pain relief for your child at home. The pain usually settles after the dressing is placed on, but if pain persists, seek medical advice.


  • Check that your child’s next appointment has been made before you leave the clinic. Please keep your child’s appointments. It is the parents/guardians responsibility to contact the department if you cannot attend a scheduled appointment. Please phone the clinic as soon as possible before the appointment to book another date/time.

Remember to wet the dressing three times a day and keep out of sand, dirt and water.

We recognise that burns affect different families in many ways. If you require support, please request a social worker at your next appointment.

Contact us

Burns Outpatients Unit (5e)
Level 5, Queensland Children’s Hospital, 501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane
t: 07 3068 2830 | 07 3068 1111 (general enquiries)

Tube site No. of tubes mls of sterile water

In an emergency, always call 000.

If it’s not an emergency but you have any concerns, contact 13 Health (13 43 2584). Qualified staff will give you advice on who to talk to and how quickly you should do it. You can phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Resource No: FS007. Developed by Burns Unit. Updated: January 2016

All information contained in this sheet has been supplied by qualified professionals as a guideline for care only. Seek medical advice, as appropriate, for concerns regarding your child’s health.