Antimicrobial dressings – Mepilex® Heel Ag

Conforms to wounds on the heel with signs of infection

 

Mepilex® Heel Ag is a foam dressing for pressure ulcer, diabetic foot ulcer or exuding wounds on the heel or malleolus, where an antimicrobial action is indicated.  Mepilex® Heel Ag conforms well to the heel, preventing exudate from pooling and causing maceration. 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 Heel Ag is a dressing with Safetac® technology, and therefore proven to minimise pain and skin damage at dressing changes2,3

Shaped especially for the heel

Minimises pain and trauma at dressing changes2,3

Rapid and sustained antimicrobial activity4,5,6,7

Effective exudate management8

Gentle adherence, conformable and soft8.9

When to use Mepilex Heel Ag

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Mepilex Heel Ag is an absorbent heel dressing – designed for a wide range of low to moderately exuding wounds that show signs of infection. Whether applied to the heel or malleolus, Mepilex Heel absorbs exudates effectively and ensures a low risk of maceration. To further enhance protection against infections the Mepilex Heel Ag also provides an anti-microbial activity, with silver technology. Mepilex Heel Ag inactivates wound related pathogens within 30 minutes with sustained effect up to 7 days4,5,6,7. By reducing the number of microorganisms, Mepilex Heel Ag may also reduce odour8. This makes it suitable for wounds on the heel when there are signs of infection. With the Safetac® technology adhesive, Mepilex Heel Ag can be removed with less risk of trauma to the wound or surrounding skin. The Safetac technology also prevents Mepilex Heel Ag from sticking to the wound bed yet adheres gently to the surrounding skin allowing easy application of secondary fixation. When necessary, secure Mepilex Heel Ag with Tubifast Fixation

Use Mepilex Heel Ag:

  • When an antimicrobial action is indicated: to reduce bioburden in infected wounds
  • When an antimicrobial action is indicated: to act as an antimicrobial barrier in wounds at high risk of infection or re-infection1
  • To obtain a rapid (after 30 minutes) and sustained (for 7 days) effective antimicrobial effect4,5,6,7
  • To combine antimicrobial action to a less painful and less stressful care for your patients1,10
  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. External test, NAMSA, Study no: 05C48747_01
  7. External test, NAMSA, Study no: 06_C60855_02 and 06_C60858_02
  8. 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.
  9. Richards, K., Chadwick, P. “Addressing local wound infection with a silver-containing, soft silicone foam dressing: a case series”, Diabetic Foot Journal 2011; 14 (2): 90-95
  10. 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.
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