Recommendation ID

Research is recommended to address uncertainties about the claimed benefits of using Mepilex Border Heel and Sacrum dressings. This research should also explore issues such as:
- the incidence of heel and sacrum pressure ulcers in NHS acute care settings
- criteria for patient selection to reduce pressure ulcer incidence with Mepilex Border Heel and Sacrum dressings in addition to standard care.
NICE will consider reviewing this guidance when substantive new evidence becomes available.

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

The committee concluded that Mepilex Border Heel and Sacrum dressings show promise, and that further research should be done to help resolve the uncertainties about clinical effectiveness and cost modelling. This research should also evaluate the incidence of pressure ulcers in patients at risk or high risk of pressure ulcers in an acute care setting, despite having standard care to prevent pressure ulcers. The research should explore any benefits that Mepilex Border dressings may offer in addition to standard care for preventing heel and sacral pressure ulcers. Data from this research, combined with data from use of dressings in clinical practice, should allow conclusions to be drawn about which patients will benefit most, as well as practical considerations such as how often the dressings should be changed.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Mepilex Border Heel and Sacrum dressings for preventing pressure ulcers
Date issued
January 2019

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/01/2019