Pressure Injury Prevention Dressings

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Mepilex® Border dressings effectively absorb and retain exudate and maintain a moist wound environment.1 By sealing the wound edges, the Safetac® technology layer prevents the exudate from leaking onto the surrounding skin. This minimizes the risk of maceration.2 The Safetac technology layer ensures that the dressing can be changed without damaging the wound or surrounding areas which also avoids exposing the patient to additional pain.6

The dressings have been shown to help in pressure ulcer prevention by redistributing shear forces, reducing friction, redistributing pressure and balancing the microclimate3,4,5. The retention, spreading and absorption layers help in maintaining an optimal moisture level and reducing the risk of injury. 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.

Mepilex® Border Sacrum Mepilex Border Sacrum

Mepilex Border Sacrum is an all-in-one foam dressing proven to minimize patient pain and trauma to the wound and surrounding skin.6,7 It was designed to:

  1. Fit the anatomy of the sacral area;
  2. Prevent pressure ulcers;8 and
  3. 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. 

Clinical trials have proven that Mepilex Border Sacrum aids in the prevention of pressure ulcers.8 The dressing is applied prophylactically in emergency departments, intensive care units and the OR. When compared with competitors' products or no dressing, Mepilex Border Sacrum has been demonstrated to impact the four extrinsic factors that can contribute to pressure ulcers. 

Mepilex® Border HeelMepilex Border Heel

Mepilex Border Heel is an all-in-one foam dressing shaped to fit the heel and protect the areas around the heel, Achilles and bilateral malleoli. When used for prevention it will aid in protecting the skin from damage caused by pressure, shear and friction.3 The Safetac® technology layer protects the skin by maintaining optimal positioning and by limiting friction and shear at the patient-dressing interface.7

The Safetac technology layer allows for repositioning of the dressing after skin inspection.

  • Handling tabs for easy skin checks
  • Slightly thicker border for better handling and stay-on-ability*
  • Self-adherent – no secondary fixation needed
  • Shaped to fit heels – no need to cut or adapt
  • Minimizes pain and trauma at dressing changes6,7
  • Medial and lateral malleolus coverage to provide maximum protection
  • Can remain in place for several days
  • Can be adjusted without losing its adherent properties

* In comparison to previous Mepilex Border Heel dressings



1. Feili F et al. Retention capacity. Poster presentation at the EWMA conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 2008.

2. 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.

3. Call E, et al. Enhancing pressure ulcer prevention using wound dressings: what are the modes of action? Wounds -2013, 25(4):94-103.

4. 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.

5. Call E, et al. International Panel Studies Creation of Guidance on Dressing Use in Prevention of Pressure Ulcers. Poster presentation SAWC spring 2012. 

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

7. Dykes PJ, et al. Effect of adhesive dressings on the stratum corneum of the skin. Journal of Wound Care, 2001.

8. 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. 

9. Black J, et al. Consensus statement:  Global evidence based practice recommendations for the use of wound dressings to augment pressure ulcer prevention protocols – August 2012.
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