Evidence shows Mepilex Border dressings can prevent pressure ulcers
Recent studies carried out around the world have demonstrated the effectiveness of Mepilex® Border dressings in preventing hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.
USA trauma hospital study
Research demonstrates the added value of Mepilex Border
This study, carried out at a large trauma hospital, compared the difference in pressure ulcer incidence rates in critically ill patients between those treated with the usual preventive care and those treated with a five-layered soft silicone foam dressing. The results: an 88% reduction in PU rates.
'Our findings have demonstrated a statistically and clinically significant benefit for the application of the five-layered Mepilex® Border Sacrum foam dressing for the prevention of pressure ulcers when used in combination with thorough risk assessment and evidence-based pressure ulcer prevention.'
This research in a spinal surgery centre compared the use of a Mepilex® Border soft silicone foam dressing to a polyurethane film dressing to prevent intraoperatively-acquired pressure ulcers (IAPUs).
The study concluded: 'Soft silicone foam dressings had a greater prophylactic effect against the development of IAPUs in spinal surgery patients than polyurethane film dressings.'
Finite element modelling in Israel
Advanced modelling shows the efficacy of prophylactic dressings
A team at the Biomedical Engineering department at Tel Aviv University used finite element (FE) computational modelling to calculate whether Mepilex® Border Heel offered any advantages for pressure ulcer prevention.
They concluded: 'The Mepilex Border Heel design showed clear benefit over a single-layer foam design in terms of dissipating tissue deformations, by promoting internal shear in the dressing, which diverts loads from the tissues of the heel.'
A subsequent study showed that the protective efficacy of the Mepilex Border dressing becomes even more substantial when tissues are deformed to greater extents.