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. By sealing the wound edges, the Safetac® technology layer prevents the exudate from leaking onto the surrounding skin.  This minimizes the risk of maceration5. The Safetac® technology layer ensures that the dressing can be changed without damaging the wound or surrounding areas.  This technology also avoids exposing the patient to additional pain.

Mepilex® Border Sacrum can add to your prevention programs for hospital acquired pressure ulcers.  The dressing has been shown to help by redistributing shear forces, reducing friction, redistributing pressure, and balancing the microclimate. The retention, spreading and absorption layers help in maintaining an optimal moisture level and reducing the risk of breakdowns. These layers are also critical in dissipating shear and redistributing pressure. Safetac®technology 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

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When to use Mepilex Border Sacrum?

Use Mepilex® Border Sacrum for medium to high exuding sacral wounds such as pressure ulcers or surgical excision of pilonidal cysts.

A part of pressure ulcer prevention
Clinical trials have proven that Mepilex® Border Sacrum aids in the prevention of pressure ulcers3. The dressing is applied prophylactically in emergency departments, intensive care units, and the OR. When compared with no dressing or competitors' products, Mepilex® Border Sacrum has been demonstrated to impact four extrinsic factors that can contribute to pressure ulcers. The dressing helps to redistribute shear, reduce pressure, lower friction, and maintain an optimal microclimate.7,8,9. The addition of Mepilex® Border Sacrum has been shown to help reduce the risk of pressure ulcers. 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.

Safetac means less pain and less stress at dressing change
Safetac® technology drastically reduces pain and tissue damage during dressing changes. Dressings with Safetac® technology: do not stick to the wound bed; seal the wound edge to prevent maceration6,4,5; do not strip skin2,10; and maintain an optimal wound environment. 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 high 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. 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. Santamaria, N 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 . Int Wound J 2013; doi: 10.1111/iwj.12101.
  4. Feili F et al. Retention capacity. Poster presentation at the EWMA conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 2008.
  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. Call, E., et al Wounds -2013, 25(4):94-103.
  8. Call, E.et al. In vitro comparison of the prophylactic properties of two leading commercially available wound dressings. Poster presentation at Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Fall, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America, 2012.
  9. Call, E, et al International Panel Studies Creation of Guidance on Dressing Use in Prevention of Pressure Ulcers. Poster presentation SAWC spring 2012.
  10. Waring M et al. An evalution of the skin stripping of wound dressing adhesives. Journal of wound care, 2011.
  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
  12. Upton D. et al. Pain and stress as contributors to delayed wound healing. Wound Practice and Research, 2010.
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