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HydroClean® plus

Are you using separate
products to cleanse,
debride, de-slough
and absorb?

What if we could offer an innovative all-in-one dressing?

HydroClean® plus is a patented Hydro-Responsive Wound Dressing for optimal wound bed preparation:1,2

HydroClean® plus rinses and cleanses the wound. The unique continuous rinsing – absorption mechanism, promotes wound cleansing and formation of granulation tissue by softening and detaching necrotic tissue and slough.1,3

It therefore facilitates the natural process of autolytic debridement.4

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What is HydroClean® plus?

HydroClean® plus is a Hydro-Responsive Wound Dressing that cleanses, debrides, de-sloughs and absorbs.1

The dressing is made up of a soft and conformable pad, which contains superabsorbent polyacrylate (SAP) at its core.
These SAP particles are pre-activated with Ringer‘s solution and the antiseptic Polyhexanide (polyhexamethylene biguanide, PHMB) which has an antimicrobial effect.1

The low adherent layer with the addition of silicone strips minimises adherence to the wound and alleviates pain at dressing removal.3

HydroClean plus Structure
HydroClean® plus

A Hydro-Responsive Wound Dressing that does so much...

  • Rinses and cleanses the wound (patented rinsing-absorption mechanism)1
  • Provides continuous release of Ringer’s solution1
  • HydroClean® plus is cytoprotective – cleanses without damaging fibroblasts and myofibroblasts (key cells in the granulation and tissue remodelling phases of wound healing)5
  • Promotes the natural process of autolytic debridement4
  • Absorbs necrosis, fibrinous material, bacteria and exudate6,7
  • Regulates metalloprotease activity8
  • Promotes a moist wound environment1,9

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Rinsing-Absorption Mechanism

Mode of Action:
Unique Rinsing-Absorption Mechanism

Phase 1 der Wundheilung durch HARTMANN HydroClean

1. Cleanses
Continuous release of Ringer’s solution (blue) from the superabsorbent polyacrylate core leading to softening of necrotic tissue and fibrin coatings (black) and uptake of bacteria-and protein-laden wound exudate (red).1,2,6,10

Phase 2 der Wundheilung durch HARTMANN HydroClean

2. Debrides, de-sloughs and absorbs
Absorption of necrosis, fibrinous material, bacteria and exudate into the polyacrylate core.1,6

Phase 3 der Wundheilung durch HARTMANN HydroClean

3. Stimulates
Wound cleansing and generation of optimal wound environment for starting and facilitating the healing process.10

HydroClean® plus
Animation: Mode of Action



HydroClean® plus can be used on the majority of acute and chronic wounds where moist wound healing is appropriate:

  • Fibrinous wounds
  • Exuding wounds
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Necrotic wounds
  • Infected wounds
  • Dry wounds


It is indicated for wounds that are dry to wounds with moderate levels of exudate whether infection is present or not (if infected, follow local protocols).

Clinical Evidence

A number of clinical studies and case reports have shown that HydroClean® plus effectively cleanses wounds of necrotic tissue, fibrinous slough and bacteria-laden wound exudate.

Different levels and types of clinical evidence have been published in a variety of journals, via conferences or are publicly available.

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Shapes and sizes

A range of sizes to suit all of your requirements

HydroClean® plus is available in different sizes for a variety of wounds from superficial to deep cavity wounds.



Product Sizes HydroClean plus


[1] Rippon, M. and Ousey, K. (2015). HydroClean® plus. Hydro-Responsive Wound Dressing (HRWD): Clinical and Scientific Monograph. Heywood: Paul Hartmann Ltd. ISBN 978-194478863-9.

[2] Bullough, L., Johnson, S. and O’Brien, D. (2016). A Multi-Centre 15 patient evaluation of a Hydro-Responsive Wound Dressing (HRWD) – HydroClean plus. HydroTherapy Symposium: A New Perspective on Wound Cleansing, Debridement and Healing. London, 3 March, 2016.

[3] Spruce, P. et al. (2016). Benefits of HydroClean plus in wound bed preparation: a case study series. Wounds International (in press).

[4] Strohal, R. et al. (2013). EWMA Document: Debridement. Journal of Wound Care 22(Suppl. 1), pp. S1-S52.

[5] Buffa, E. et al. (1997). The effects of wound lavage solutions on canine fibroblasts: An in vitro study. Veterinary Surgery 26(6), pp. 460-466.

[6] Humbert, P. et al. (2014). Protease-modulating polyacrylate-based hydrogel stimulates wound bed preparation in venous leg ulcers – a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 28(12), pp. 1742–1750.

[7] Zöllner, P. (2010). Observational study Ideal wound environment during granulation and epithelization achieved with HydroTac. Heidenheim: Paul Hartmann AG. [Data on file].

[8] Smola, H. (2015). Stimulation of epithelial migration – novel material based approaches. EWMA Congress. London, 13-15 May, 2015.

[9] Ousey, K. Rogers, A. and Rippon, M. (2016). HydroClean® plus: a new perspective to wound cleansing and debridement. Wounds UK 12(1), pp. 78-87.

[10] Eming, S. et al. (2008). The inhibition of matrix metalloproteinase activity in chronic wounds by polyacrylate superabsorber. Biomaterials 29(2), pp. 2932-2940.