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PolyMem Silicone Border

Polymeric membrane dressing

The same patented polymeric membrane formulation with a secure, gentle adhesive. Designed to facilitate healing, relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

An ideal choice for patients with fragile, sensitive skin.

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*.

FEATURES

Product Benefits

The ONLY dressing of its kind…

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

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.

Key Benefits    

In addition to delivering all the PolyMem benefits, PolyMem Silicone Border also:

  • Modulates inflammatory response

By altering the actions of certain nerve endings (nociceptors)2

Also effective in decreasing bruising, swelling and secondary injury3,4

  • Relieves pain

PolyMem dressings achieve significant pain relief by inhibiting the nociceptor response both locally and centrally

Proven to provide an analgesic effect2,5

  • Debrides the wound
  • Simplified dressing choice  
  • Protects from contamination
  • Protects peri-wound tissue
  • Gentle to skin and repositionable
  • Engineered to stay in place
  • Atraumatic removal
  • Easy application
  • Rounded edges minimises risk of rolling

SHOW REFERENCES

  1. Denyer J, Agathangelou C, White R, Ousey K, HariKrishna R et al (2015) PolyMem Made Easy. Wounds International. Available at https://www.woundsinternational.com/resources/details/polymem-dressings-made-easy.
  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.

*Not included in cavity products.


Clinical Evidence

Key clinicals

Author(s)

Title

Publication

Rafter, L. and Rafter, M.

Achieving Effective Outcomes with PolyMem Silicone Border

British Journal of Community Nursing, October 2021

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Wound Care Today

PolyMem – Product of the Month

Wound Care Today, March 2021

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Cutting, K. and Gefen, A.

PolyMem and Countering Inflammation Made Easy

Wounds UK, 2019

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

PolyMem Made Easy

Wounds UK, 2015

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Indications

PolyMem Silicone Border dressings are indicated for dry to moderately exuding full- and partial- thickness painful wounds including, but not limited to:

  • Pressure ulcers (stages I-IV)
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Venous leg ulcers
  • Leg ulcers
  • Vascular ulcers
  • Acute wounds
  • First / second degree burns
  • Skin tears
  • Surgical wounds
  • Dermatologic disorders (e.g. epidermolysis bullosa)
  • Donor and graft sites

Unlike many other dressings, they are also safe to use over tendons, vasculature and bones6,7.

SHOW REFERENCES

  1. Benskin L, Bombande P. Quick Healing of Deep Neuropathic Foot Ulcers Using Polymeric Membrane Dressings and Cavity Fillers. 20th Annual Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin and Wound Care. Poster 98. October, 2005. Las Vegas, NV, USA.
  1. Strom RN. The Use of Polymeric Membrane Dressings on a Large Variety of Different Wounds in a Surgical Setting. European wound management Association (EWMA) Poster 240. May 23-25, 2012. Vienna, Austria.

6. Benskin L, Bombande P. Quick Healing of Deep Neuropathic Foot Ulcers Using Polymeric Membrane Dressings and Cavity Fillers. 20th Annual Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin and Wound Care. Poster 98. October, 2005. Las Vegas, NV, USA.

7.Strom RN. The Use of Polymeric Membrane Dressings on a Large Variety of Different Wounds in a Surgical Setting. European wound management Association (EWMA) Poster 240. May 23-25, 2012. Vienna, Austria.


Applying PolyMem Silicone Border*

1. Prepare the wound according to local protocol

2. Select a dressing with the membrane pad (0.6 – 5cm) larger than the wound

TIP: For dry wounds, moisten dressing slightly with sterile water or saline prior to application

3. Remove release liners and gently apply over the wound, film side out (so printing is visible) whilst pressing adhesive to the skin

4. Smooth down to secure dressing

5. Outline the wound on the top of the dressing to determine when to change

NOTE: a dramatic increase in wound fluid may be observed during the first few days due to the fluid attraction. This is not uncommon and indicates that the dressing is working.

*See product insert leaflet for full instructions for use.


Education

Go to e-module

This module explores the importance of pain management, the mechanism and types of pain, as well as how to assess and manage pain.

In partnership with WCT

Seminars/webinars

Title: Enhanced wound healing with PolyMem Silicone Border

Presenter: Sharon Gardner, Professor Linda Rafter

Date: October 2021

Title: Understanding wound pain: the physiology of nociceptors and inflammation

Presenter: Tami Siewinski, Chief Clinical Officer for Medtech (PolyMem)

Date: September 2020

Downloads

Click on the image below to view/download the Information for patients leaflets.

Ordering Details

PolyMem Silicone Border

Size Piece per box Product code PIP code
Oval #3 (5cm x 7.6cm) 10 2823 418-5310
Oval #5 (8.8cm x 12.7cm) 5 2835 418-5328
Oval #8 (16.5cm x 20.9cm) 5 2868 418-5336
  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.