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*.




*Excluding Wound In Cavity (WIC) dressings.

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:

CLEANSES – Surfactant is continuously released into the wound, helping to loosen the bonds between wound debris and healthy tissue – supporting effective autolytic debridement

MOISTENS – The moisturiser (glycerol) is simultaneously released to help keep the wound bed moist and prevents the dressing from sticking to the wound

ABSORBS – The dressing gently expands to fill and conforms to the wound

FILLS – The starch co-polymers absorb and binds excess exudate within the dressing, helping to balance moisture levels and reduce risk of maceration

Unique Polymeric Membrane benefits:

Modulates inflammatory response

    • By altering the actions of certain nerve endings (nociceptors)
    • Also effective in decreasing bruising, swelling and secondary injury3,4

• Relieves pain

    • The unique combination of surfactant and glycerol contained in the dressing not only keeps the wound clean, it relieves soreness and reduces pain too
    • Proven to provide an analgesic effect2,5

Simplified dressing choice
Protects from contamination
Multiple configurations
Available in Silver

    • Made from small particle elemental, metallic silver
    • Combines the features of PolyMem with an added antimicrobial effect, without releasing silver into the wound bed
    • Ideal for infected wounds
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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.


Clinical evidence

More coming soon

Author(s) Title Publication
Denyer, J., Agathangelou, C. et al. PolyMem Made Easy Wounds UK, 2015 View
Cutting, K. and Gefen, A. PolyMem and Countering Inflammation Made Easy Wounds UK, 2019 View



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

Acute wounds Chronic wounds Specialist wounds
• Abrasions
• Bruising
• First / second-degree burns
• Skin tears
• Surgical wounds
• Trauma wounds
• Diabetic foot ulcers
• Fungating wounds
• Leg ulcers
• Pressure ulcers (stages I-IV)
• Dermatological disorders (e.g. epidermolysis bullosa)
• Donor and graft sites
• Exposed tendons
• Radiotherapy-induced skin damage
For infected wounds use PolyMem Silver

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 dressing, with either tape, netting or gauze
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.

Keep the dressing dry and in place when bathing. Change the dressing if it gets wet.

Ordering details

PolyMem Non-Adhesive

Size Pieces per box Product  PIP code NHS code
8cm x 8cm 15 5033 326-9511 ELA301
10cm x 10cm 15 5044 326-9503 ELA303
13cm x 13cm 15 5055 326-9552 ELA305
17cm x 19cm 15 5077 326-9529 ELA306
10cm x 61cm Roll 4 5244 326-9545 ELA321
20cm x 60cm Roll 2 5824 363-2510 ELA407

PolyMem Adhesive

Size Pieces per box Product code PIP code NHS code
5cm x 5cm 20 203 326-8588 ELA297
8.9cm x 11.4cm 15 405 326-8596 ELA298
Oval #3 (5cm x 7.6cm) 20 8023 326-8646 ELA1156
Oval #5 (8.8cm x 12.7cm) 15 8053 326-8653 ELA313
Oval #8 (16.5cm x 20.9cm) 10 8086 326-8661 ELA1157
Sacral (18.4cm x 20cm) 10 3709 326-8711 ELA1158

PolyMem Finger/Toe

Size Pieces per box Product code PIP code NHS code
Size 1 (UK ring size H-Q) 6 4401 371-7915 ELA1159
Size 2 (UK ring size Q-Y) 6 4402 371-7931 ELA1160
Size 3 (UK ring size Y-Z+7) 6 4403 371-7923 ELA1161
Size 4 6 4404 386-4790 ELA1151
Size 5 6 4405 386-4808 ELA1162

PolyMem Max Non-Adhesive

Size Pieces per box Product code PIP code NHS code
11cm x 11cm 10 5045 326-8729 ELA1150
20cm x 20cm 5 5088 363-2502 ELA1149

PolyMem Max Adhesive

Size Pieces per box Product code PIP code NHS code
13.3cm x 13.3cm 15 606 326-8638 ELA1153

PolyMem Silver Non-Adhesive

Size Pieces per box Product code PIP code NHS code
10.8cm x 10.8cm 15 1044 328-5103 ELA1154
17cm x 19cm 15 1077 334-3035 ELA319

PolyMem Silver Adhesive

Size Pieces per box Product code PIP code NHS code
Oval #3 (5cm x 7.6cm) 20 1823 336-6242 ELA1163
Oval #5 (8.8cm x 12.7cm) 15 1853 336-6234 ELA1164

PolyMem Tube

Size Pieces per box Product code PIP code NHS code
7cm x 7cm 15 5333 363-2494 ELA1147
9cm x 9cm 15 5335 363-2478 ELA1148

PolyMem Silver WIC

Size Pieces per box Product code PIP code NHS code
8cm x 8cm 10 1333 346-7982 ELA1155

PolyMem WIC

Size Pieces per box Product code PIP code NHS code
8cm x 8cm 10 5733 346-7990 ELA1152