Highly absorbent, fiber-free dressings form a soft and protecting gel; ideal for highly exudating wounds. Freeze-drying process creates a fiber-free alginate which is easily removed in one piece. No residues are left in wound bed to disturb granulating tissue. Nylon mesh layer provides strength and increased integrity which allows easy, one-piece removal; even when saturated. Exudate fluid is absorbed quickly and vertically into the dressing, minimizing the risk of maceration. Soft gel is quickly formed in wound bed to maintain optimal moist wound environment.