Care for wounds with the Mepilex Border Sacrum foam dressing
The topography of the sacral area makes it difficult to care for wounds in that part of the body. Fortunately, the Mepilex Border Sacrum foam dressing has been designed especially to fit the anatomy of that particular site.
· Helps to prevent pressure ulcers.
· For medium-to-high exuding sacral wounds like pilonidal cysts.
· Made for the sacrum.
· Soft and conformable.
· Minimizes pain and trauma at dressing changes.
· Combines fluid-handling capacity and retention for effective exudate management with decreased risk of maceration.
This Mepilex Border Sacrum absorbs and retains exudates to help maintain a wound environment that contributes to healing. But the most important benefit this product provides is that it makes it easy to care for wounds in the sacral region. Additionally, it can be added to prevention programs for hospital-acquired pressure ulcers because it redistributes shear forces, reduces friction, redistributes pressure, and balances the microclimate during wear time. The retention, spreading and absorption layers help to maintain an optimal level of moisture level and reduce the risk of breakdowns. These layers are essential to dissipate shear and redistributing pressure. The Safetac technology layer resides closest to the skin and helps decrease pain and tissue damage during dressing changes. A dressing with a Safetac interface does not adhere to the moist wound; rather, it seals the edge of the ulcer to prevent maceration, and does not strip the skin, while simultaneously maintaining an optimal wound micro-climate. This results in less pain, less traumatic dressing changes, and helps accelerate the healing process. This foam dressing prevents pressure ulcers thanks to its elasticity which dissipates shear forces and allows repositioning of the dressing after skin assessment.
Since this dressing helps to keep a moist wound environment to support debridement, the size of the wound might actually increase at the beginning. However, this is a normal and expected part of the process when you care for wounds.
· Evaluate the patient’s anatomy to determine the Mepilex Sacrum’s placement.
· Make sure that the skin is dry and free of dimethicone, skin sealants, emollients.
· Remove the center release film. There is no need to use a skin barrier under the dressing.
· Hold the buttocks apart and apply the dressing to the sacral area and into upper aspect of gluteal cleft.
· Run the side of the hand along the gluteal cleft to make sure placement is secure. Gently smooth each side into place.
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