SMTL Dressings Datacard

Product Name: Jelonet
Classification Name: Dressing Paraffin Gauze BP (Normal Loading)
Manufacturer: Smith & Nephew Healthcare Limited


Jelonet consists of a leno-weave fabric, of cotton or cotton and viscose, which has been impregnated with white soft paraffin (yellow soft paraffin in the case of the bulk preparations). The dressing is used as a primary wound contact layer and the paraffin is present to reduce the adherence of the product to the surface of a granulating wound.

Two formulations of Paraffin Gauze Dressing are described in the British Pharmacopoeia. These differ in the weight of paraffin present on the gauze. Jelonet, which is an example of the `normal loading' product, contains not less than 175 grams of paraffin per square metre of cloth; the alternative formulation bears a lower loading of paraffin, in the range 90-130 g/m (see Paratulle ).


Jelonet is used as a primary wound contact layer in the treatment of burns, ulcers, skin grafts (both donor and receptor sites), and a variety of traumatic injuries. The material is also used as a transfer medium for skin during grafting.


Although there are no absolute contra-indications to the use of Jelonet, if the dressing is placed upon a heavily exuding wound, its semi-occlusive nature may cause tissue maceration by preventing the free movement of exudate away from the surface of the wound. This is less likely to occur if a dressing bearing the lower loading of paraffin base is used.

Method of use

Jelonet is applied directly to the surface of the wound and covered with an absorbent pad held in place with tape or a bandage, as appropriate.

Frequency of Change

The frequency of dressing changes will depend entirely upon the nature of the wound. If Jelonet is left in position for prolonged periods of time, it can become adherent and cause tissue damage upon removal.


Jelonet is available in two forms: individually wrapped in an aluminium peel pouch, sterilised by irradiation; or packed in bulk in a tin, also sterilised by irradiation.


Jelonet should be stored in a cool place.


Individually wrapped

5 cm 5 cm

10 cm 10 cm*

10 cm 40 cm

15 cm 2 m roll


10 cm 10 cm (10)*

10 cm 10 cm (36)

10 cm 7 m

* available on Drug Tariff.


1. Brotherston TM, et al., Dressings for donor sites; a comparison of a hydrocolloid dressing and non-medicated tulle gras in the treatment of split-thickness skin graft donor sites. J. Wound Care., 1993, 2, (2), 84-88.

Revision Details

Revision AuthorDr S. Thomas
Revision No 1.4
Revision date1997/12/16

This datacard has been prepared from data provided by the manufacturer and/or from published literature.

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