Technical Absorbents Limited (TAL) has developed a new grade of superabsorbent fiber (SAF) for use within a new range of SAF nonwoven fabrics that are more resistant to shrinkage. The new fiber was developed for wound pad dressings. The fiber is capable of withstanding moisture used in the low-temperature EtO sterilization process that is frequently used in the production of pads. After testing, it was found that SAF reduces fabric shrinkage by around 70%. It is suitable for use in all SAF nonwoven formats, whether needlepunched, thermally bonded, or airlaid.