Chronic wound treatment demands a dressing that is sanitary, protective and flexible – boxes easily ticked by Mepilex® Border Flex.
Effective wound care is becoming increasingly important due to the increase of chronic wounds and associated morbidity. Mepilex® Border Flex dressings’ advanced technology improves exudate management and reduces the risk of infection and treatment time, ultimately improving patients’ quality of life.
A chronic wound can be defined as one that has failed to proceed through an orderly and timely reparative process to produce anatomic and functional integrity within a period of three months, or that has proceeded through the repair process without establishing a sustained, anatomic and functional result.
WHO IS AT GREATEST RISK OF CHRONIC WOUNDS?
People with one or more of the following are at risk of developing chronic wounds:
- Chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, severe burns, cancer or HIV/AIDS
- Vascular disease, including heart disease, hypertension, atherosclerosis, anaemia, varicose veins or deep venous thrombosis
- Elderly, immobile or obese people are at a greater risk
- Unhealthy lifestyle or habits like smoking, poor diet and hygiene or lack of exercise
- Previous history of ulcers, multiple surgeries or prolonged periods of bed rest
- Weak immune system, as in patients taking corticosteroids, chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- High-risk occupations with radiation exposure or long periods of sitting
THE ‘IDEAL’ DRESSING
According to Davis and Rippon, the ‘ideal dressing’ should meet some of the following primary requirements:
- Free of toxic/irritant extractables
- Does not release particles/non-biodegradable fibres into the wound
- Forms an effective bacterial barrier (effectively contains exudate or cellular debris to prevent the transmission of micro-organisms into or out of the wound)
- If self-adhesive, forms an effective water-resistant seal to the periwound skin, but is easily removed without causing trauma or skin stripping
- Maintains the wound and the surrounding skin in an optimum state of hydration (this implies the ability to function effectively under compression)
- Requires minimal disturbance or replacement
- Provides protection to the periwound skin from potentially irritant wound exudate and excess moisture
- Produces minimal pain during application or removal as a result of adherence to the wound surface
- Maintains the wound at the optimum temperature and pH
Mepilex Border Flex meets all the primary requirements of the ‘ideal’ dressing. The dressing contains over 40% more superabsorbent fibers than Mepilex Border. Its unique five-layer absorbent foam structure effectively absorbs and retains both normal and viscous exudate, maintaining a moist wound environment and reducing the risk of infection. Bacteria are kept away and prevented from re-entering the wound bed, even under compression.
Mepilex Border Flex maintains a high moisture vapour transmission rate, allowing for longer wear time (up to a week). The dressing contains a grid of equidistant dots on the backing film, making it easy to track and record the spread of exudate, without disturbing the wound.
A study by White et al assessed the impact of introducing advanced dressings with safetac soft silicone adhesive technology on the intensity of wound-related trauma and pain. The researchers concluded that advanced dressings with safetac soft silicone adhesive technology significantly reduced pain during wear, at dressing removal, and after dressing change, when compared with advanced dressings with traditional adhesives.
The dressing’s proprietary flex technology has been shown to be more flexible than comparable bordered foam dressings. This new technology allows the dressing to adapt to body movement and is therefore comfortable to wear, improving its stay-on ability.
WHAT WOUND TYPES CAN MEPILEX BORDER FLEX BE USED FOR?
Thanks to its cutting-edge flex technology, which enables 360° stretch, and the Y-cuts in the retention and spreading layers, Mepilex Border Flex can be used on any area of the body. It is suitable for a wide range of wounds including venous leg ulcers, pressure injuries or diabetic ulcers.
AUTHOR: Written on behalf of Mölnlycke Health Care