Foam dressings – Mepilex®

Soft and conformable foam dressing for a wide range of acute and chronic wounds

Mepilex is a foam dressing suitable for a wide range of wounds like venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers or diabetic ulcers. Mepilex® minimizes pain and wound or skin damage at dressing change1,2. Mepilex can be cut to fit making it ideal for difficult to dress areas3,4.

Minimizes pain at dressing changes1,2

Minimizes the risk of maceration5,6,7

Effective exudate management7,8

Soft and conformable9,10

When to use it – treat acute or chronic wounds

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With the Safetac® technology adhesive, Mepilex can be removed with less risk of damaging the wound or the surrounding skin. A new enhanced backing film together with the highly conformable absorbent foam makes Mepilex handle fluid effectively. It is designed for a wide range of low to medium exuding wounds. Whether it is chronic wounds or acute wounds, like post-op wounds or diabetic wounds Mepilex decreases pain at dressing change. Less pain means lower stress levels for patients and that, in turn, helps healing. Mepilex can be cut to fit an individual wound or body location  and Mepilex is highly conformable. This makes it ideal for difficult-to-dress areas. Use together with our Tubifast fixation. For lower exuding wounds, see Mepilex Lite.

Use Mepilex:

  • For low to moderately exuding wounds
  • Wide range of acute and chronic wounds like venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers and traumatic wounds
  • Less painful and less stressful care for your patients11

Summary

Mepilex handles up to three times more wound fluid through a combination of increased breathability and excellent absorption. Mepilex is a soft and highly conformable foam dressing that absorbs exudate and maintains a moist wound environment. The Safetac layer seals the wound edges, preventing the exudate from leaking onto the surrounding skin, thus minimizing the risk for maceration. 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 vs. other products

Mepilex Absorbency vs. the competition

Benefits

  • Minimizes pain and trauma at dressing changes
  • Mepilex can be left in place for up to 7 days
  • Well suited to be used under compression bandages
  • Can be cut to size and is ideal for difficult-to dress areas
  • Promotes patient comfort during wear
  • Can be lifted and adjusted without losing its adherent properties
  • Supports reduced dressing change frequency

Areas of Use

  • Leg and foot ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Mepilex® is designed for use on a wide range of exuding wounds and wounds with compromised peri-wound skin.
  • Mepilex® can be used as a primary dressing on shallow, exuding wounds, and as a cover dressing for deeper wounds.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

  1. Gently cleanse the wound; dry surrounding skin. Choose a size that will allow the dressing to overlap the wound area by at least 2 cm. Remove the release film.
  2. Apply dressing with the adherent side to the wound. Do not stretch. When used on an extremity, position Mepilex® slightly below the center of the wound to avoid leakage caused by gravitation.
  3. Fixate Mepilex® with Mepitac® tape, Mefix® fabric tape,a compression bandage, or other secondary fixation product such as Tubifast®.

Mepilex Instructions

PRECAUTIONS:

  • Mepilex® should not be used with oxidizing agents such as hypochlorite solutions or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Mepilex® should be stored in dry conditions below 35°C (95°F) and be protected from direct sunlight.
  • In case of signs of clinical infection, consult a health care professional for adequate infection treatment.
  • Do not use if inner package is damaged. Sterility is guaranteed if inner package is intact.
  • Do not resterilize.
Size Item No Pcs/box Pcs/case
5 x 5 294015 5 40
10 x 10 294100 5 70
10 x 20 294200 5 45
15 x 15 294300 5 25
20 x 20 294400 5 20
20 x 50 294500 2 12
  1. White R. A Multinational survey of the assessment of pain when removing dressings. Wounds UK, 2008.
  2. Dykes PJ et al. Effect of adhesive dressings on the stratum corneum of the skin. Journal of Wound Care, 2001.
  3. Data on file : PD-131052, PD-005010, PD-030039, PD-068363, PD-133408, PD-275474
  4. Data on file : PD-356715
  5. Wiberg A.B et al. Preventing maceration with a soft silicone dressing: in-vitro evaluations. Poster presented at the 3rd Congress of the WUWHS, Toronto, Canada, 2008.
  6. Meaume S. et al. A study to compare a new self adherent soft silicone dressing with a self adherent polymer dressing in stage II pressure ulcers. Ostomy Wound Management, 2003.
  7. Feili F et al. Retention capacity. Poster presentation at the EWMA conference, Lisbon, Portugal 2008.
  8. External in vitro lab report : SMTL 20090625-002
  9. Palomar F, Treatment and Care of chronic wounds and perilesional skin using a selfadhesive silicone and foam dressing. Spanish Congress of Dermatology nursing in Benalmádena (Málaga) March 2007.
  10. Young MJ, Robbie J Management of the diabetic foot: A guide to the assessment and management of diabetic foot ulcers, The Diabetic Foot, 2002 5(3)
  11. Upton D et al. The Impact of Atraumatic Vs Conventional Dressings on Pain and Stress in Patients with Chronic Wounds. Journal of Wound Care, 2012.
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