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PolyMem Silver

Antimicrobial polymeric membrane dressing

A unique multifunctional polymeric membrane dressing, designed to facilitate healing, relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

PolyMem® Silver is made from small particle elemental, metallic silver and delivers all the benefits of PolyMem, with the added antimicrobial effect – all without releasing silver into the wound bed. An ideal choice for infected and malodorous wounds.


Product Benefits

The ONLY dressing of its kind…

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

How the PolyMem Silver formulation works:

High purity small silver particles are uniformly distributed throughout and bound into the PolyMem formulated membrane for maximum surface area and effectiveness. Silver ions, which provide the antimicrobial action, are released from the surface of the silver particles when they come in contact with moisture.

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 Silver 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
  • Multiple configurations
  • Generates silver ions consistently from a continuous silver reservoir
  • Reduces bioburden in the dressing
  • Kills 99.9% of entire population of all bacteria and fungi tested*
  • Absorbs up to 10 times its dressing weight in exudate
  • Maintains a moist wound healing environment for improved healing
  • Eliminates needs for secondary dressing (except when using PolyMem WIC Silver)
  • Won’t stain skin 


  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.

*Organisms tested included Klebsiella pneumoniae (ATCC# 4352), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC# 9027), Enterococcus faecalis (VRE)(ATCC# 51575), Candida albicans (ATCC# 10231), Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) (ATCC# 33591) and Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC#6538). The organisms chosen demonstrate the antimicrobial actions of the silver formulation on relevant, representative organisms.

Clinical Evidence

Key clinicals




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


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

PolyMem Made Easy

Wounds UK, 2015


Rafter, L. and Oforka, E.

Trauma-free fingertip dressing changes

Wounds UK, 2013


Rafter, L.

Evaluation of standard dressing versus polymeric membrane finger dressings and patient outcomes using pain diaries



Edwards, J.

The use of polymeric membrane silver dressings in chronic burns and burn related wounds

EWMA, 2009, poster


Edwards, J. and Mason, S.A.

The use of PolyMem Silver in non healing burns and surgical wounds

Asia Pacific Burns Congress, 2009, poster


Agathangelou, C.

Hard to heal MRSA infected venous leg ulcer closed with polymeric membrane silver dressings

WOW, 2008, poster


Agathangelou, C.

Injured finger salvaged using PolyMem Silver dressings to keep the wound bed clean and warm

WOW, 2008, poster


Benskin, L.

Chronic wounds closed using various configurations of polymeric membrane dressings despite fear-generated non-compliance

WOW, 2008, poster


Benskin, L.

Infected lower extremity wounds with extensive tendon and bone involvement remained moist and closed quickly using various polymeric membrane dressing configurations

AWC, 2008, poster



PolyMem Silver is indicated for a wide variety of infected full- and partial- thickness painful wounds including, but not limited to:

Acute wounds

Chronic wounds

Specialist wounds

• First / second-degree burns

• Skin tears

• Surgical wounds

• Diabetic foot ulcers

• Leg ulcers

• Pressure ulcers (stages I-IV)

• Dermatological disorders (e.g. epidermolysis bullosa)

• Donor and graft sites

Applying PolyMem Silver*

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. Apply the dressing film side out (so printing is visible)

4. Secure non-bordered dressings, with either tape, netting, gauze or bandaging

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.


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


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

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

Date: September 2020


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

Ordering Details

PolyMem Silver Non-Adhesive

Size Piece per box Product code PIP code NHS code
10.8cm x 10.8cm 15 1044 328-5103 ELA1154
17cm x 19cm 15 1077 334-3035 ELA319

PolyMem Silver Adhesive

Size Piece per box Product code PIP code NHS code
Oval #3
(5cm x 7.6cm)
20 1823 336-6242 ELA1163
Oval #5
(8.8cm x 12.7cm)
15 1853 336-6234 ELA1164

PolyMem Silver WIC

Size Piece per box Product code PIP code NHS code
8cm x 8cm 10 1333 346-7982 ELA1155

PolyMem Silver Silicone

Size Piece per box Product code PIP code NHS code
Oval #3 (5cm x 7.6cm) 10 1283 ELA1350
Oval #5 (12.7cm x 8.8cm) 5 1285 ELA1347
Oval #8 (16.5cm x 20.9cm) 5 1288 ELA1356
  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.

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