17.12 Basic wound contact dressings

Low adherence dressings

Knitted viscose primary dressing

  • 5 x 5cm (£0.34), 7.5 x 10cm (£0.35), 10 x 20cm (£0.80), 20 x 30cm (£2.19)


  1. Change frequency/ wear time = up to 7 days
  2. Non medicated, polyester mesh dressing impregnated with neutral triglycerides
  3. For use on superficial / small crater type wounds for easy removal of dressing.
  4. May help to reduce pain on dressing change
N-A Ultra®
  • 9.5 x 9.5cm (£0.33), 19 x 9.5cm (£0.63)


  1. Change frequency/ wear time = depends on exudate/ strike through
  2. Silicone coated, knitted viscose dressing.
  3. Primary wound contact layer – low adherence.
  4. Non absorbent – a secondary dressing will be required.

Soft silicone wound contact layer

Cuticell® contact
  • 5 x 7.5cm (£1.11), 7.5 x 10cm (£2.13), 10 x 18cm (£4.43), 15 x 25cm (£7.43)


  1. Where a soft silicone coated polyester non-adherent wound contact dressing is indicated Cuticell® contact is the formulary choice rather than Mepitel®
  2. Does not stick to a moist wound, only surrounding skin and does not damage newly formed granulating tissue or epithelial cells
  3. Specialist areas such as A&E, MIU and Plastics will often use Mepitel®, when wounds are re-assessed Cuticell® contact should be considered as a suitable alternative
  4. In the case of topical negative pressure to line vessels, ligaments and tendons, Cuticell® contact would be the preferred option
  5. Can be used when low adherence is required
  6. Useful for fragile, delicate skin, skin tears, children, epidermolysis bullosa (EB)
  7. Can be left in place for seven days changing only the secondary dressing

Absorbent dressings

For lightly exuding wounds

Cosmopor E®
  • 5 x 7.2cm (£0.08), 8 x 10cm (£0.18), 8 x 15cm (£0.28), 10 x 20cm (£0.46), 10 x 25cm (£0.57), 10 x 35cm (£0.79)


  1. 100% cotton and non-adherent
  2. For dry wounds or wounds with minimal exudate
  3. Use for simple wounds, skin tears as secondary dressing

For moderately to heavily exuding wounds

Dry absorbent dressing pads

Surgipads are not indicated as a primary contact layer as there is no non-adherent contact layer.

If a dry absorbent dressing pad is being considered in the management / treatment of leg ulceration a full assessment and diagnosis of underlying aetiology will inform treatment options.

  • 10 x 10cm (£0.73), 15 x 15cm (£0.97), 20 x 30cm (£2.14), 60 x 40cm (£8.15)


  1. Eclypse dressings can be used under compression bandaging
  2. Do not cut as the edges are sealed and would cause fibre shed
  3. Not to be used on heavily bleeding wounds

For heavily exuding wounds

Zetuvit® Plus
  • 10 x 10cm (£0.83), 10 x 20cm (£1.14), 15 x 20cm (£1.31), 20 x 25cm (£1.79), 20 x 40cm (£2.77)
Eclypse® Border
  • 15cm x 15cm (£4.95), 20cm x 30cm (£7.80)
  • Oval: 10cm x 20cm (£4.35), 15cm x 20cm (£5.75), 20cm x 30cm (£7.80)


  1. Eclypse border dressings have a higher acquisition cost in comparison to the non-border dressing.
  2. Eclypse border dressings should be reserved for use in patients with heavily exuding wounds and should only be prescribed following specialist Tissue Viability Nurse assessment of the wound.
  3. Do not cut as the edges are sealed and would cause fibre shed
  4. Not to be used on heavily bleeding wounds


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