Foam dressings – Mepilex Border Sacrum

All-in-one foam dressing for pressure ulcers and other chronic and acute wounds of the sacral area

Mepilex® Border Sacrum is an all-in-one foam dressing proven to minimize patient pain and trauma to the wound and surrounding skin1,2. It has three main design features: to fit the anatomy of the sacral area; to prevent pressure ulcers3, and to create an optimal healing environment for moderate to high exuding pressure ulcers, or other wounds in the sacral area such as surgical excision of pilonidal cysts.

Mepilex Border Sacrum effectively absorbs and retains exudate and maintains a moist wound environment4. The Safetac® layer seals the wound edges, preventing the exudate from leaking onto the surrounding skin which minimises the risk for maceration5. The Safetac layer ensures that the dressing can be changed without damaging the wound or surrounding skin or exposing the patient to additional pain.

Mepilex Border Sacrum can add to your prevention programs for hospital-acquired pressure ulcers by redistributing shear forces, reducing friction, redistributing pressure and balancing the microclimate during wear time. The retention, spreading and absorption layers help in maintaining an optimal moisture level and reducing the risk of breakdowns. These layers are critical in dissipating shear and redistributing pressure. The Safetac layer resides closest to the skin. For pressure ulcer prevention, its elasticity dissipates shear forces and allows for repositioning of the dressing after skin assessment.

Helps to prevent pressure ulcers

Made for the sacrum – soft and conformable

Minimizes pain and trauma at dressing changes

A combination of excellent fluid-handling capacity and retention for effective exudate management with less risk of maceration6

When to use Mepilex Border Sacrum

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Use Mepilex Border Sacrum for medium-to-high exuding sacral wounds, such as pressure ulcers or surgical excision of pilonidal cysts. As Mepilex Border Sacrum maintains a moist wound environment, which supports debridement, there might actually be an initial increase in the wound size. This is normal and to be expected.

A part of pressure ulcer prevention

Clinical trials proved that Mepilex Border Sacrum prevents pressure ulcers3. The dressing is applied prophylactically in emergency rooms, intensive care or before long surgical interventions. When compared with no dressing and competitors’ products, Mepilex Border Sacrum has been demonstrated to impact four extrinsic factors that can contribute to developing pressure ulcers; these being to redistribute shear, redistribute pressure, reduce friction, and to maintain an optimal microclimate7,8,9. When adding this treatment to pressure ulcer prevention protocols and strategies, pressure ulcers can be prevented. However, the use of dressings as part of a prophylactic therapy does not preclude the need to continue to develop and follow a comprehensive pressure ulcer prevention protocol.

Dressings with Safetac mean less pain and less stress at dressing change

Using dressings with Safetac drastically reduces pain and tissue damage during dressing changes. A dressing containing a Safetac interface does not stick to the moist wound; it seals the edge of the ulcer preventing maceration4,5,6, and does not strip skin2,10, all while maintaining an optimal wound microclimate. This means less pain1, less stressful dressing changes11 , and potentially a faster healing process12.

Use Mepilex Border Sacrum:

  • To prevent pressure ulcers
  • To treat medium to highly exuding sacral wounds like pressure ulcers
  • For a combination of excellent fluid handling capacity and retention that provides effective exudate management with less risk of maceration
  • To lower costs with quicker healing and less pain for patients
  1. Call E. Pedersen J, Bill B, et al. Enhancing pressure ulcer prevention using wound dressings: what are the modes of action? International Wound Journal 2015;12:406-413.

  2. Call E, Pedersen J, Bill B, Oberg C, Ferguson-Pell M. Microclimate impact of prophylactic dressings using in vitro body analog method. WOUNDS 2013;25(4):94-103

  3. Kalowes P, Messina V, Li M. Five-layered soft silicone foam dressing to prevent pressure ulcers in the intensive care unit. American Journal of Critical Care 2016;25(6):e108-e119

  4. Santamaria N, Gerdtz M, Sage S, et al. A randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of soft silicone multi-layered foam dressings in the prevention of sacral and heel pressure ulcers in trauma and critically ill patients: the border trial. International Wound Journal 2015;12(3):302-308

  5. Davies P. Role of multi-layer foam dressings with Safetac in the prevention of pressure ulcers: a review of the clinical and scientific data. Journal of Wound Care 2016;25(1):S1-S24

  6. Davies P. Role of multi-layer foam dressings with Safetac in the prevention of pressure ulcers: a review of the clinical and scientific data. Journal of Wound Care 2016;25(1):S1-S24

  7.  Davies P. User evaluation of interface dressings for pressure ulcer prevention. Mölnlycke Health Care (GMCS-2017-058) 2017

  8. HE comparison report. Mölnlycke Health Care. Data on file 2017

  9. Swafford, K., Culpepper, R., Dunn, C. Use of a comprehensive program to reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers in an intensive care unit. American Journal of Critical Care 2016;25(2):152-155.
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