Antimicrobial dressings – Mepilex® Ag

The absorbent antimicrobial foam dressig with Safetac® technology

Mepilex® Ag is a foam dressing for medium exuding chronic or acute wounds like venous leg ulcers or burns, where an antimicrobial action is indicated.  According to a recent international experts consensus, antimicrobial action is indicated to help reduce bioburden in infected wounds and to act as an antimicrobial barrier in wounds at high risk of infection or re-infection1. Infected wounds are painful wounds that need the best of treatment. Mepilex® Ag is a dressing with Safetac® technology, and therefore proven to minimize pain and skin damage at dressing changes2,3. Mepilex® Ag is clinically proven to heal burns faster and with less pain and cost compared to silver sulfadiazine4.

Minimises pain at dressing changes2,3

Rapid and sustained antimicrobial activity5,6,7,8

Gentle adherence, conformable and soft9,10

Does not slip under dressing retention and can be cut to size*

When to use Mepilex® Ag

Mepilex® Ag is a soft and highly conformable anti-microbial 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 minimising 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 Ag inactivates wound related pathogens within 30 minutes with sustained effect up to 7 days5,6,7,8. By reducing the number of microorganisms, Mepilex Ag may also reduce odour11

Use Mepilex Ag:

  • To obtain a rapid (after 30 minutes) and sustained (for 7 days) effective antimicrobial effect7,8
  • To combine antimicrobial action to a less painful and less stressful care for your patients1,12
Check your local website for information on assortment.
  1. International consensus. Appropriate use of silver dressings in wounds. An expert working group consensus. London: Wounds International, 2012.
  2. White R. A Multinational survey of the assessment of pain when removing dressings. Wounds UK, 2008.
  3. Dykes PJ et al. Effect of adhesive dressings on the stratum corneum of the skin. Journal of Wound Care, 2001.
  4. Silverstein et al. An open, parallel, randomized, comparative,multi-center investigation in the US evaluating the cost-effectiveness, efficacy, safety and tolerance of Mepilex® Ag versus Silvadene® in the treatment of partial thickness burns. Oral Presentation. The JAB Burn and Wound Care Symposium. Maui,Hawaii, USA, Feb 2010.
  5. Taherinejad and Hamberg. Antimicrobial effect of a silver-containing foam dressing on a broad range of common wound pathogens. Measured in vitro. Poster publication, WUWHS 2008.
  6. Hamberg K, Jakobsen C, Correlation of silver release and antimicrobial effect of silver-containing wound dressing in vitro, Poster presentation at EWMA Conference, Vienna, Austria, 2012.
  7. External test, NAMSA, Study no: 05C48747_01
  8. External test, NAMSA, Study no: 06_C60855_02 and 06_C60858_02
  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. Barrett S. 2009 A review article examines the role of MepilexAg, the rapid and sustained antimicrobial action of silver with the benefits of Safetac technology.
  12. 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.

* Mepilex Ag does not need to be cut to the size of the wound when compression is used

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