Wound contact layers – Mepitel®

The original wound contact layer

Mepitel is a gentle, yet effective Wound Contact Layer with the unique Safetac® technology. The open mesh design enables good transfer of exudate to a secondary dressing and easy delivery of topical treatments.

Mepitel is clinically proven1 to heal scalds faster and with less pain and cost compared to silversulfadiazine.

Good transparency lets you instantly assess healing progress without removing the contact layer

Does not leave residues and maintains functional qualities over time

True undisturbed healing – can remain in place for up to 14 days2

Can cost-effectively be used in a wide variety of indications 1,10-12

Safetac technology for minimal tissue trauma and patient stress8 and pain

When and how to use it



Mepitel with Safetac technology protects the wound and the skin. It prevents an outer dressing from sticking to the wound, therefore minimizes trauma and pain. Mepitel is designed and clinically proven for a wide range of wounds such as skin tears, skin abrasions, surgical incisions, second degree burns, blistering, lacerations, partial and full thickness grafts, diabetic ulcers, venous and arterial ulcers. Use together with e.g. Mesorb® or for high exuding wounds with Mextra® Superabsorbent, and with Tubifast® fixation.

14 days of undisturbed cost-effective healing
Mepitel can be left in place for up to 14 days in order to not stress the wound or newly healed tissue. It will stay in place and not dry out which can cause trauma and pain. The wound can be inspected at any time thanks to Mepitels transparency. Mepitel promotes undisturbed wound healing as well as a cost-effective treatment.

Saving you money

Treatment cost in 13 countries was analysed across a range of indications. Findings showed that Mepitel dressings provide cost-savings in areas such as trauma, burns, grafts, skin tears and hand surgery, also in low-income markets.
  1. Gotschall C.S. et al. Prospective, randomized study if the efficacy of Mepitel on children with partial-thickness scalds. Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation, 1998.
  2. Barrett S; British Journal of Nursing, 2012; 21 (21): 1271-1277
  3. Dykes P.J. et al. Effect of adhesive dressings on the stratum corneum of the skin. Journal of Wound Care, 2001.

  4. Waring P. et al. An evaluation of the skin stripping of wound dressing adhesives. Journal of Wound Care, 2011.

  5. White R. et al. Evidence for atraumatic soft silicone wound dressing use. Wounds UK, 2005.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Upton D. et al. The Impact of Atraumatic Vs Conventional Dressings on Pain and Stress in Patients with Chronic Wounds. Submitted and approved for publication, Journal of Wound Care, 2012.

  9. White R. A multinational survey of the assessment of pain when removing dressings.  Wounds UK, 2008.

  10. Burgmann P et al. Burns 1998; 24(7):609-12

  11. Dahlstrom KK. Scand J Plast Reconstr Hand Surg 1995:29(4): 325-7

  12. Patton et al, An open, prospective randomized pilot investigation evaluating pain with the use of a soft silicone wound contact layer, Mepitel® One, vs. Bridal Veil and staples used on split thickness skin grafts as a primary dressing, Journal of Burns and Research,  (Nov) 2013

  13. Mills G H, MERCS, Oral presentation, EWMA, 2011

Transparent micro-adherent wound contact layer with Safetac technology

Mepitel can remain in place for up to 14 days which reduces the necessity for frequent dressing changes. The porous structure of Mepitel allows exudate to pass into an outer absorbent dressing. The Safetac layer prevents the outer dressing from sticking to the wound and ensures atraumatic dressing changes. The Safetac layer seals around the wound edges, preventing the exudate from leaking onto the surrounding skin, thus minimizing the risk of maceration.

Benefits of Mepitel

  • Minimizes pain and trauma at dressing changes
  • Can remain in place for up to 14 days which in turn ensures undisturbed wound healing
  • Enables less frequent dressing changes
  • Minimizes the risk of maceration
  • Maintained product properties over time - leaves no residues and does not dry out
  • Transparent for easy wound inspection during application and during wear
  • Conforms well to body contours, promoting patient comfort during wear
  • Topical preparations can be applied as required, leaving Mepitel in place

Areas of us

Mepitel is designed for a wide range of wounds such as skin tears, skin abrasions, surgical incisions, second degree burns, blistering, lacerations, partial and full thickness grafts, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), diabetic ulcers, venous and arterial ulcers. Apply a cover dressing such as Mesorb over Mepitel.

Indications for Use:

  • Skin tears
  • Second degree burns
  • Radiation skin reactions
  • Blistering
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)
  • Digit injuries
  • Skin grafts
  • Lacerations
  • Venous and arterial ulcers
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)
  • Chronic wounds such as venous and arterial ulcers, pressure ulcers and diabetic ulcers
  • Granulating wounds, especially painful wounds or wounds with compromised peri-wound area.
  • Wounds associated with Pediatrics where management of pain associated with dressing change is a primary consideration.

Directions for Use:

  1. Gently cleanse the wound; dry surrounding skin. Mepitel® will not adhere to a moist surface.
  2. Apply Mepitel® directly onto the wound allowing the dressing to overlap onto the surrounding skin by at least 2 cm.
  3. Mepitel® has a ‘split protective film backing’. Holding the dressing on the side with the large backing piece, remove the smaller piece and apply, then remove the remaining backing. (Work with ‘wet’ gloves to prevent Mepitel® from sticking to glove material).
  4. Apply a cover dressing such as Mesorb® over Mepitel® and fixate in place.
  5. Mepitel® can be left in place for up to 14 days depending on wound condition. If required, the absorbent dressing can be changed with Mepitel® left in place.
  6. Mepitel® can be cut to size if required.

Mepitel Instructions


  • When used in the treatment of bleeding wounds, cover Mepitel® with a moist absorbent dressing until bleeding has stopped.
  • When Mepitel® is used for the fixation of skin grafts and protection of blisters, the dressing should not be changed before the fifth day post application.
  • When used on burns treated with meshed grafts, or after facial resurfacing, avoid placing unnecessary pressure upon the dressing.
  • The wound should be inspected for signs of infection according to clinical practice. Consult a healthcare professional for the appropriate medical treatment.
  • When used for facial resurfacing, avoid placing pressure upon the dressing, lift and reposition the dressing at least every second day.
  • Sterility is guaranteed unless inner package is damaged or opened prior to use. Do not re-sterilize.


  • When Mepitel® is used on burns treated with meshed grafts or after facial resurfacing, imprints can occur if the product is not used properly.
Product no Size cm Pcs/box Pcs/case
290510 5 x 7.5 10 50
290710 7.5 x 10 10 40
291010 10 x 18 10 70
292005 20 x 30 5 30

Mepitel® is packaged sterile in single packs

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