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Polymeric membrane dressing

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

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*.


Product Benefits

The ONLY dressing of its kind…

When PolyMem 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
  • 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
  • Available in Silver 
  • Multiple configurations   


  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




Wound Care Today

PolyMem – Product of the Month

Wound Care Today, March 2021


Recke, C.

Improving Chronic Venous Ulcer Healing and Care Cooperation with a Challenging Patient

Poster, 2020


Marner, W.

A Drug-Free Dressing to Reduce Pain and Close Wounds Resulting from Fournier’s Gangrene

Poster, 2020


Henson, A.

Improving Deep Tissue Pressure Injury (DTPI) outcomes: a 2.5 year-long Quality Improvement Project

Poster, 2020


Amaya, RA.

Use of Polymeric Membrane Dressings for Debridement of Wounds in Extreme Premature Infants <25 Weeks Gestation

Poster, 2020


Cutting, K. and Gefen, A.

PolyMem and Countering Inflammation Made Easy

Wounds UK, 2019


Henson, A.

Positive outcomes managing deep tissue pressure injuries (DTPIs) with polymeric membrane dressings

WOW, 2017, poster


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

PolyMem Made Easy

Wounds UK, 2015


Denyer, J.

Six years’ of PolyMem dressings used on children with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)

Debra International, 2015, poster


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



Bode, C. and Woodman, H.

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

2008, poster


Hubbard, M.

Pain relief and healing using polymeric membrane dressings under compression for venous hypertension ulcers




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

Acute wounds

Chronic wounds

Specialist wounds

• Abrasions

• Bruising

• First / second-degree burns

• Skin tears

• Surgical wounds

• Trauma wounds

• Diabetic foot ulcers

• Fungating wounds

• Leg ulcers

• Pressure ulcers (stages I-IV)

• Dermatological disorders (e.g. epidermolysis bullosa)

• Donor and graft sites

• Exposed tendons

• Radiotherapy-induced skin damage

For more information on how PolyMem works for Radiotherapy, click here.

For infected and malodorous wounds use PolyMem Silver

Applying PolyMem*

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.



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


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 Adhesive

Size Piece per box Product code PIP code NHS code
5cm x 5cm 20 203 326-8588 ELA297
8.9cm x 11.4cm 15 405 415-2070 ELA298
Oval #3 (5cm x 7.6cm) 20 8023 326-8646 ELA1156
Oval #5 (8.8cm x 12.7cm) 15 8053 326-8653 ELA313
Oval #8 (16.5cm x 20.9cm) 10 8086 326-8661 ELA1157
(18.4cm x 20cm)
10 3709 326-8711 ELA1158

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 Max Adhesive

Size Piece per box Product code PIP code NHS code
13.3cm x 13.3cm 15 606 415-2062 ELA1153

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.

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