Polymem Dressings

Polymeric membrane dressing

A unique multifunctional polymeric membrane dressing, designed to facilitate healing, relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

PolyMem® dressings are a hydrophilic polyurethane matrix dressing with a mild, non-toxic wound cleanser, a soothing moisturiser, a superabsorbent and a semi-permeable film backing*.


Product Benefits

The ONLY dressing of its kind…

When PolyMem is applied to the wound, the dressing components work individually and synergistically to support wound healing and pain relief1.

How the PolyMem formulation works:

All PolyMem dressings effectively cleanse, fill, absorb and moisten wounds throughout the healing continuum. The diagram below explains how each of these elements work.

Key benefits

Modulates inflammatory response

By altering the actions of certain nerve endings (nociceptors)2

Also effective in decreasing bruising, swelling and secondary injury3,4

Relieves pain

PolyMem dressings achieve significant pain relief by inhibiting the nociceptor response both locally and centrally

Proven to provide an analgesic effect 2,5

Debrides the wound
Simplified dressing choice
Protects from contamination
Available in Silver
Multiple configurations

Clinical evidence


PolyMem is indicated for a wide variety of full- and partial- thickness painful wounds including, but not limited to:

Acute wounds

First / second-degree burns
Skin tears
Surgical wounds
Trauma wounds

Chronic wounds

Diabetic foot ulcers
Fungating wounds
Leg ulcers
Pressure ulcers (stages I-IV)

Specialist wounds

Dermatological disorders (e.g. epidermolysis bullosa)
Donor and graft sites
Exposed tendons
Radiotherapy-induced skin damage

Application instructions

1. Prepare the wound according to local protocol

2. Select a dressing with the membrane pad (0.6 – 5cm) larger than the wound

TIP: For dry wounds, moisten dressing slightly with sterile water or saline prior to application

3. Apply the dressing film side out (so printing is visible)

4. Secure non-bordered dressings, with either tape, netting, gauze or bandaging

5. Outline the wound on the top of the dressing to determine when to change

NOTE: a dramatic increase in wound fluid may be observed during the first few days due to the fluid attraction. This is not uncommon and indicates that the dressing is working.

*See product insert leaflet for full instructions for use.


  1. Denyer J, Agathangelou C, White R, Ousey K, HariKrishna R et al (2015) PolyMem Made Easy. Wounds International. Available at https://www.woundsinternational.com/resources/details/polymem-dressings-made-easy.
  2. Beitz AJ, Newman A, Kahn AR et al (2004) A polymeric membrane dressing with antinociceptive properties: analysis with a rodent model of stab wound secondary hyperalgesia. J Pain 5(1): 38–47.
  3. Cutting KF, Vowden P, and Wiegand C (2015) Wound inflammation and the role of a multifunctional polymeric dressing. Wounds International 6(2): 41–6.
  4. Benskin LL (2016) Polymeric membrane dressings for topical wound management of patients with infected wounds in a challenging environment: A protocol with 3 case examples. Ostomy Wound Manage 62(5): 42–50.
  5. Kahn AR (2000) A superficial cutaneous dressing inhibits inflammation and swelling in deep tissues. Pain Med 1(2): 187.

*Excluding Wound In Cavity (WIC) dressings.