Superabsorbent dressings – Mextra® Superabsorbent

Conformable superabsorbent dressing with high fluid handling1,2

Mextra® Superabsorbent addresses three of the important features of a superabsorbent dressing. High absorption capacity1,2, high retention capacity1 and excellent conformability3.  Mextra® Superabsorbent can be used on highly exuding wounds, such as venous leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and in some cases pressure ulcers.

High fluid handling capacity1,2

The dressing is soft and conformable 2

Protects the peri-wound area1

Has protease modulating properties1,4 

Helps you deliver beyond wound care



The high retention and absorption capacity of Mextra Superabsorbent reduces the risk of leakage, maceration and the need of frequent dressing changes, which can lead to reduced treatment costs1.

Mextra Superabsorbent is soft and conforrmable1,2 which makes it easy to apply and it fits along the body contours, making it more comfortable to wear. The dressing maintains its structure and integrity without becoming bulky upon exudate absorption1. The polyacrylate superabsorbent particles have a protease modulating activity1,4,5 and provides a conductive environment for healing to proceed. The fluid-repellent backing material protects against fluid strike-through1.

  • Clean the wound area and select a suitable size of Mextra Superabsorbent. Apply Mextra Superabsorbent directly on the wound area with the white side of the dressing face down. For best results, the dressing should overlap the dry surrounding skin by at least 2cm. Fixate as appropriate.
  • Mextra Superabsorbent can be fixated with products such as Tubifast® or Mefix®.
  • Mextra Superabsorbent can be used together with primary dressings such as Mepitel® One or Mepilex® Transfer.
  • Mextra Superabsorbent can be used in conjunction with compression therapy for venous leg ulcers.


1. Tickle, J., Fletcher, J. Mextra Superabsorbent made easy. Wounds UK 2012; 8(4): 1-4.

2. Mölnlycke Health Care Laboratory report no: PD-522474, 2016 (unpublished).

3. Mölnlycke Health Care Survey report no: PD-522187 Rev: 00, 2016 (unpublished).

4. Wiegand, C., Hipler, U.C. In vitro evaluation of MMP binding capacity of a superabsorbent dressing and the reduction of collagenase activity. Poster presentation at European Wound Management Association conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2013.

5. Eming, S., Smola, H., Hartmann, B., Malchau, G., Wegner, R., Krieg, T., Smola- Hess, S. The inhibition of matrix metalloproteinase activity in chronic wounds by a polyacrylate superabsorber. Biomaterials 2008; 29(19): 2932-2940 

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