SMTL Dressings Datacard

Product Name: Mepilex Border Lite
Classification Name: Self-adhesive soft silicone faced polyurethane foam island dressing conformable
Manufacturer: Mölnlycke Health Care


Mepilex Border Lite is a thin, absorbent, conformable atraumatic self-adhesive island dressing with a perforated soft silicone wound contact layer.


The absorbent core of the dressing consists of two components, a thin sheet of polyurethane foam behind which is a piece of nonwoven fabric. The absorbent core is located centrally upon a larger piece of polyurethane film and is held in place by the perforated silicone adhesive layer that extends to the outer margins of the dressing. This gentle adhesion also tends to prevent maceration by inhibiting the lateral movement of exudate from the wound on to the surrounding skin.

The silicone layer does not adhere to the surface of a wound and therefore the dressing may be removed without causing pain or trauma.

In this way the dressing maintains the wound in a moist condition and thus provides a micro-environment that is conducive to healing.


Mepilex Border Lite is suitable for dressing many types of lightly exuding wounds including leg and pressure ulcers and traumatic wounds resulting in skin loss. It may also be used under compression bandaging. The dressing absorbs exudate and maintains a moist wound-healing environment whilst minimising the risk of maceration.


The manufacturers have identified no absolute contra-indications to the use of Mepilex Border Lite.

Method of use

The wound contact surface of the dressing is protected with a divided plastic film, which must be removed before use. If clinically indicated, the wound should be cleaned and the surrounding skin thoroughly dried before application of the dressings. If additional fixation is required this should only be applied around the margins of the dressing.

Frequency of Change

The interval between changes will normally be determined by the amount of exudate produced by the wound, but the dressing may be left in place for several days on clean non-infected wounds.


The presence of clinical infection does not preclude the use of Mepilex Border Light provided that appropriate antimicrobial therapy is also provided. Sloughy wounds dressed with Mepilex Border Lite may initially appear to increase in size due to autolytic debridement promoted by the moist conditions produced beneath the dressing. This is normal and to be expected. Mepilex Border Lite should be stored in dry conditions below 35°C (95F).


Mepilex Border Lite is supplied individually wrapped in paper/plastic laminated peel pouches, sterilised by ethylene oxide.


Mepilex Border Lite is available in a range of sizes as follows:

4cm x 5cm

5cm x 12.5cm

7.5cm x 7.5cm

10cm x 10cm


Dykes, P. J., Heggie, R., Hill, S. A. Effects of adhesive dressings on the stratum corneum of the skin. J. Wound Care 2001; 10(2): 7-10.


Further information on obtaining Mölnlycke Health Care products is available on the Mölnlycke Health Care web site.

Revision Details

Revision AuthorDr S. Thomas
Revision No 1.4
Revision date2009/05/21

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

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