2 The technology

2 The technology

Mepilex Border Heel and Mepilex Border Sacrum dressings (Mölnlycke Health Care)


Mepilex Border dressings are self-adherent, 5-layer foam dressings that include a patented soft silicone technology (known as Safetac).

They are intended for use as part of a care bundle to prevent pressure ulcers in patients at risk of developing pressure ulcers. The current standard of care, and relevant comparators, are described in the NICE Pathway on pressure ulcers.

The company claims that the dressings reduce shear and friction and displace pressure.

Mepilex Border dressings are available in 3 variants: for use on the heel and sacrum (Mepilex Border Heel and Mepilex Border Sacrum), or as standard dressings (Mepilex Border) for use on any part of the body.

This guidance specifically considers the variants designed to prevent pressure ulcers of the heel and sacrum (Mepilex Border Heel and Mepilex Border Sacrum).

Innovative aspects

The proprietary Safetac technology allows the dressings to be easily removed and reapplied. The dressings also have a non-woven redistribution layer designed to lessen the effect of shear forces.


The costs stated in the company's submission are £6.47 to £7.21 for Mepilex Border Heel and £3.06 to £7.26 for Mepilex Border Sacrum, depending on size.

For more details, see the website for Mepilex Border Heel and Sacrum dressings.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)