Wound contact layers – Mepitel

The original wound contact layer

Mepitel® is a gentle, yet effective wound contact layer with Safetac®. 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 silver sulfadiazine.

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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 indications1,10-12

Safetac layer for minimal tissue trauma3-7 and patient stress8 and pain9

Is indicated for use in conjunction with Avance® or other NPWT systems

When and how to use Mepitel



Mepitel with Safetac protects the wound and the skin. It prevents an outer dressing from sticking to the wound, thereby minimising trauma and pain. Mepitel is designed and clinically proven for use in treating 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.

Mepitel is indicated for use in conjunction with Avance® or other NPWT systems. Mepitel can be utilised to protect exposed organs, large veins and arteries, tendons, bones or nerves from the risk of dressing adherence and tissue ingrowth during treatment with NPWT.

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 (drying out can cause trauma and pain). The wound can be inspected at any time thanks to Mepitel's transparency. Mepitel promotes undisturbed wound healing as well as a cost-effective treatment.

When Mepitel is used in conjunction with the Avance NPWT system it should be changed every 48 to 72 hours, but no less than 3 times a week or as instructed by the clinician. When Mepitel is used in conjunction with other NPWT systems, follow the clinician's recommendation regarding frequency of change.

Saving you money13

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.

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  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

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