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PolyMem therapy is a soft, absorbent, conformable dressing with moisturising and wound cleansing ingredients which is indicated for radiotherapy-induced skin damage.

Designed to facilitate healing, relieve pain and reduce inflammation, PolyMem therapy is a multifunctional polymeric membrane dressing.


Product benefits

PolyMem dressings are a hydrophilic polyurethane matrix dressing with a mild, non-toxic wound cleanser, a soothing moisturiser, a superabsorbent and a semi-permeable film backing*.

When PolyMem is applied to the wound, the dressing components work individually and synergistically to support wound healing and pain relief1.

For radiotherapy patients, PolyMem therapy has proved to:
  • Provide considerable reduction in pain6
  • Reduce oedema, bruising and the spread of inflammation into surrounding undamaged tissues by modulating the inflammatory signalling cascade7
  • Eliminate the need for cleansing during dressing changes7
  • Improve sleep pattern6
  • Improve healing rates6
  • Improve quality of life6
How the PolyMem formulation works:

All PolyMem dressings effectively cleanse, fill, absorb and moisten wounds throughout the healing continuum. The diagram below explains how each of these elements work.

PolyMem Mode of Action animation


  1. Denyer J, Agathangelou C, White R, Ousey K, HariKrishna R et al (2015) PolyMem Made Easy. Wounds International. Available at
  2. Beitz AJ, Newman A, Kahn AR et al (2004) A polymeric membrane dressing with antinociceptive properties: analysis with a rodent model of stab wound secondary hyperalgesia. J Pain 5(1): 38–47.
  3. Cutting KF, Vowden P, and Wiegand C (2015) Wound inflammation and the role of a multifunctional polymeric dressing. Wounds International 6(2): 41–6.
  4. Benskin LL (2016) Polymeric membrane dressings for topical wound management of patients with infected wounds in a challenging environment: A protocol with 3 case examples. Ostomy Wound Manage 62(5): 42–50.
  5. Kahn AR (2000) A superficial cutaneous dressing inhibits inflammation and swelling in deep tissues. Pain Med 1(2): 187.

*Excluding Wound In Cavity (WIC) dressings.

Clinical Evidence

Key clinicals

Clinical evidence for PolyMem and Radiotherapy




Wound Care Today

PolyMem – Product of the Month

Wound Care Today, March 2021


Cutting, K. and Gefen, A.

PolyMem and Countering Inflammation Made Easy

Wounds UK, 2019


Vincente, J. Franco, D

Iatrogenic wounds in oncologic patients reports the use of a multifunctional polymeric membrane

World Union of Wound Healing Society, 2016


Audrey, S.

Evaluation of a Polymeric Membrane Dressing in the management of RISR in head and neck cancer patients



Denyer, J., Agathangelou, C. et al.

PolyMem Made Easy

Wounds UK, 2015


Bode, C. and Woodman, H.

Two novel treatments for the prevention and treatment of radiation induced moist desquamation

2008, poster



PolyMem is indicated for a wide variety of full- and partial- thickness painful wounds. To view the full list of indications, please visit the PolyMem webpage.


Ordering Details

PolyMem Non-Adhesive

Size Piece per box Product code PIP code NHS code
8cm x 8cm 15 5033 326-9511 ELA301
10cm x 10cm 15 5044 326-9503 ELA303
13cm x 13cm 15 5055 326-9552 ELA305
17cm x 19cm 15 5077 326-9529 ELA306
10cm x 61cm Roll 4 5244 326-9545 ELA321
20cm x 60cm Roll 2 5824 363-2510 ELA407

PolyMem Finger / Toe

Size Circumference Piece per box Product code PIP code NHS code
Size 1 1.8″ – 2.2″ 6 4401 371-7915 ELA1159
Size 2 2.2″ – 2.6″ 6 4402 371-7931 ELA1160
Size 3 2.6″ – 3.0″ 6 4403 371-7923 ELA1161
Size 4 3.0″ – 3.4″ 6 4404 386-4790 ELA1151
Size 5 3.4″ – 3.8″ 6 4405 386-4808 ELA1162

PolyMem Max Non-Adhesive

Size Piece per box Product code PIP code NHS code
11cm x 11cm 10 5045 326-8729 ELA1150
20cm x 20cm 5 5088 363-2502 ELA1149

PolyMem Tube

Size Piece per box Product code PIP code NHS code
7cm x 7cm 15 5333 363-2494 ELA1147
9cm x 9cm 15 5335 363-2478 ELA1148

PolyMem WIC

Size Piece per box Product code PIP code NHS code
8cm x 8cm 10 5733 346-7990 ELA1152
  1. Hodde J, Janis A, Ernst D, et al. Effects of sterilization on an extracellular matrix scaffold: Part I. Composition and matrix architecture. J Mater Sci Mater Med. 2007;18(4):537-543.

PolyMem is also available in Silver, Adhesive and with a Silicone backing.

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