Care for wounds: Adaptic Touch Non-Adhering Silicone Dressing

 The Adaptic Touch Non-Adhering Silicone Dressing allows users to care for wounds, especially dry to heavily exuding, partial and full-thickness chronic wounds such as venous ulcers, decubitus (pressure) ulcers and diabetic ulcers, as well as for traumatic and surgical wounds, donor sites and 1st and 2nd degree burns.


  • Flexible, open-mesh primary wound contact layer consisting of cellulose acetate coated with a soft tack silicone designed to enable fluid transfer to a secondary dressing and reduce adherence and pain when changing dressings.
  • Retains position on the wound bed when the secondary dressing is removed.
  • May be left in place for several days depending upon amount of exudate (the secondary dressing can be changed more frequently as needed).
  • Stays in place during dressing application without unraveling or shedding fibers.
  • A case series involving six elderly patients with skin tears of type I, II and III showed Adaptic Touch to increase patient comfort, reduce pain, and decrease nursing time for dressing change.
  • Small size of the pores reduces the risk of granulation tissue in-growth.
  • 15% more affordable than Mepitel across the range of product sizes.
  • Easy to use and apply.



Helps care for wounds while decreasing pain and trauma when removing the dressing.


The open-mesh structure permits the free passage of exudate into an absorbent secondary dressing, minimizing the risk of exudate pooling and maceration.


A consensus document described how well this dressing works in clinical settings over time, in particular regarding non-adherence to the wound and secondary dressing, atraumatic removal, ease of use and cost-efficiency.


The only drawbacks we can think of are related to not using the Adaptic Touch. For instance, a recent study showed that wearing and removing a non-appropriate dressing can result in traumatic consequences like skin reactions, adherence to the wound, skin stripping, maceration, and drying and plugging of the wound.


These are for illustrative purposes only: consult a doctor or nurse if in doubt.

  • Select a size of dressing that is larger than the wound to ensure application to intact skin surrounding the wound margins is possible.
  • If more than one piece of Adaptic Touch is needed, make sure the dressings overlap to prevent secondary dressing adherence to the wound. Overlap should be minimized to prevent occlusion of holes.
  • Before application, prepare the wound bed according to appropriate protocols to care for wounds.
  • If necessary, cut the dressing to size with sterile scissors before removing the release papers.
  • Place gently on wound bed.
  • Cover the dressing with an appropriate secondary dressing according to the wound type, position, exudate level and condition of surrounding skin.
  • Determine dressing change according to exudate levels, and condition of the wound and surrounding skin.
  • If the primary dressing appears dry at dressing change, wet with sterile saline before removing.

Related: Wound Drainage Care: Removing Drain from Wound