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Feature Article

Polymeric Membrane Dressings for Topical Wound Management of Patients With Infected Wounds in a Challenging Environment: A Protocol With 3 Case Examples

Dr. Linda Benskin, a PhD wound specialist nurse with a pediatrics background, volunteered for five years in rural West Africa teaching village health workers, treating medical patients, and managing wounds. During this time, she discovered PolyMem® wound dressings among boxes of donated bandages. In that extremely hot climate, other modern dressings made infections worse or slowed healing, but with PolyMem, wounds stayed clean, pain quickly resolved, patients could return to work, and healing was stunningly quick. Once she discovered PolyMem, she used it on virtually every wound patient – eventually totaling in the hundreds – with every wound type. When Dr. Benskin returned to the United States, she was determined to learn why PolyMem works so well and to pass that information along to others. This feature article, which describes Benskin’s success with a PolyMem Protocol in Africa, is also an authoritative examination of PolyMem products.

1. The article explains an effective wound care protocol, provides example case studies, and summarizes impressive clinical outcomes with PolyMem dressings by a wide range of independent wound experts. Dr. Benskin describes the many features and benefits that PolyMem provides for wound healing and cites specific evidence.

2. Benskin summarizes the evidence in convenient, easy-to-use tables. Clinicians working in many different settings worldwide have written about successful usage of PolyMem on every type of wound, from unbroken skin to full thickness. No other product has such a broad base of evidence of success on such a wide range of wound types.

                     • Table 1 summarizes 31 published articles and reports supporting use of PolyMem dressings

                     • Table 2 tallies, by wound type, 209 unique posters presented at major conferences by 144 independent (not paid to use PolyMem)

                     clinicians. These posters report on 3988 patients

                     • An additional 8 posters by 4 company employees represent 161 patients (unpublished)

                     • Appendix A (unpublished, included in the download, here) follows the format of Table 1, detailing the 23 posters from Table 2 which

                     describe formal clinical studies and evaluations

How to interpret Table 1 and Appendix A (the importance of the various study types listed):

The gold standard for research evidence is a randomized control trial (RCT). Four such trials are presented in the tables. The silver level of evidence is the cohort study; 16 cohort studies are summarized. In cohort studies, the clinician compares a new treatment approach to their previous “Best Practice Advanced Wound Care Treatment Regime,” and all results from consecutive new patients who qualify for the new approach (such as PolyMem) are reported.

Consensus documents and guidelines are based upon the judgment of clinical experts, relying upon evidence from published studies. PolyMem is named by wound experts who work with various wound patient groups as the ideal dressing for many complex problems. This is also powerful evidence. The tables also document results of formal product evaluations (evidence was gathered and compared) which resulted in PolyMem becoming a facility’s “New Best Practice.” Again, these are compelling testaments to PolyMem’s efficacy.

Case series and case studies often provide extra detail and insights so that other clinicians can learn exactly what was done and why. This helps the reader achieve similar results with their own patients. This article presents three cases.

Please browse, which includes a References section containing a large volume of literature about PolyMem, to learn more about PolyMem dressings:

                     • Unique components work with the body and each other to facilitate rapid wound healing

                     • Balances wound moisture and conforms well; benefits every wound type

                     • The drug-free dressings that actually relieve certain inflammation-related wound pain (PolyMem helps to calm the nervous system’s

                     reaction, decreasing pain, bruising, and swelling)

                     • The dressing with a built-in wound-cleansing system (The cleansing is so effective that the instructions advise not to rinse at dressing


                     • Dressing changes are virtually pain-free and quick, saving caregiver time and costs

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Published Articles 

External links to peer-reviewed articles on PolyMem, click on the image to open each article. To view our feature article, click here.


PolyMem dressings Made Easy 

Denyer, White, Ousey,

Agathangelou, HariKrishna

Wounds International 2015

8 May 2015


Wound inflammation and the role of
a multifunctional polymeric dressing

Cutting, Vowden, Wiegand

Agathangelou, HariKrishna

Wounds International 2015

Vol 6 Issue 2

Pain Slows Healing: 
Part 1 and Part 2 

Linda Benskin, PhD, RN, SRN

2015 VNAA Presentation

Part 1(I – III): Understanding the Inflammatory Response to Soft Tissue Injury

Part 2 (IV – V): How to Assess and Address Patients’ Pain and Inflammation

Peristomal Complications
Steps to Successful Outcomes 

Pettavino N

2015 VNAA Presentation

June 9-13, 2013 : Charlotte, NC

Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society Poster #6154


PolyMem® Wic® Silver® Rope: A Multifunctional Dressing for Decreasing Pain, Swelling, and Inflammation

Linda L. Benskin

Advances in Wound Care

Feb 2012;1(1):44-47. doi:10.1089/wound.2011.0285


Defining a holistic pain-relieving approach to wound care via a drug-free polymeric membrane dressing.

Davies SL, White RJ

Journal of Wound Care

2011 May;20(5):250, 252, 254 passim.


Evidence-based skin tear protocol - Don't neglect this important facet of wound care in your facility

Judy Bolhuis, BS, NHA

Long-Term Living Magazine

June 2008 Issue

Pearls of Practice 
Pearls of Practice

by Ostomy Wound Management


Peristomal Skin and Ostomy Care 

OWM October 2011 Vol. 57 Issue 10


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Heel Ulcers


Cellulitis and Wound Management

OWM August 2011 Vol. 57 Issue 8


Protecting the Skin from Moisture


Tube Site Care 

OWM June 2011 Vol. 57 Issue 6

OWM July 2011 Vol. 57 Issue 7

OWM September 2011 Vol. 57 Issue 9


Preventing Stage I Pressure Ulcers

OWM May 2011 Vol. 57 Issue 5


Moist Wound Healing

OWM April 2011 Vol. 57 Issue 4


Skin Tears: Keeping It Together

OWM March 2011 Vol. 57 Issue 3


Managing Diabetic Foot Wounds in Home Health Patients

OWM February 2011 Vol. 57 Issue 2


Successful Steps to Managing Burn Wounds

OWM January 2011 Vol. 57 Issue 1


Palliative Care For Patients With External Malignant Tumors

OWM December 2010 Vol. 56 Issue 12


Managing Hypergranulation Tissue

OWM November 2010 Vol. 56 Issue 11


Wounds with Exposed Bones

OWM November 2010 Vol. 56 Issue 10


Promoting Appropriate Wound Care Product Use

OWM November 2010 Vol. 56 Issue 9


Sebaceous Cyst Management

OWM November 2010 Vol. 56 Issue 8


Management of a Patient With Fournier’s Gangrene

OWM November 2010 Vol. 56 Issue 6


Making Bedside Wound Management Decisions in Long-Term Care


Non-traumatic Wound Debridement

OWM November 2010 Vol. 56 Issue 4

OWM November 2010 Vol. 56 Issue 5


Diabetic Foot Ulcer Management

OWM November 2010 Vol. 56 Issue 3


Stage I Pressure Ulcers: Catching Pressure Injury before Skin Breakdown

OWM November 2009 Vol. 55 Issue 9


Wound Tunneling

OWM November 2009 Vol. 55 Issue 2


Gaining the Patient's Perspective

OWM November 2008 Vol. 54 Issue 8


Managing Skin Grafts and Donor Sites

OWM November 2010 Vol. 56 Issue 2


Collaboration in the Care of Wounds

OWM November 2010 Vol. 56 Issue 1


Treating Stage III Pressure Ulcers

OWM November 2009 Vol. 55 Issue 8


Optimizing Pressure Ulcer Care: A Checklist for System Change

OWM November 2009 Vol. 55 Issue 6


Management of the Excised Pilonidal Wound

OWM November 2009 Vol. 55 Issue 12


Appropriate Dressings for the Nonprofessional Caregiver

OWM November 2009 Vol. 55 Issue 5


Dilemmas of Dehiscence

OWM November 2009 Vol. 55 Issue 11


Accurate Assessment of Stage II Pressure Ulcers

OWM November 2009 Vol. 55 Issue 4


Managing Wounds with Exposed Tendon

OWM November 2009 Vol. 55 Issue 10


Managing Stage IV Pressure Ulcers in the Home

OWM November 2009 Vol. 55 Issue 3


Getting the Stalled Wound Back on the Road to Healing

OWM November 2009 Vol. 55 Issue 1


What You Need to Know about Silver Dressings

OWM November 2008 Vol. 54 Issue 6


Wound Cleansing for the 21st Century

OWM November 2008 Vol. 54 Issue 12


Managing Wounds with Exposed Tendon and Bone


Making the Most of Your Silver Dressings

OWM November 2008 Vol. 54 Issue 11


The True Cost of Gauze

OWM November 2008 Vol. 54 Issue 3

OWM November 2008 Vol. 54 Issue 4


Managing Painful Venous Ulcers

OWM November 2008 Vol. 54 Issue 10


Wound Pain: Revisiting a Time-Honored Strategy

OWM November 2008 Vol. 54 Issue 2


The Clean, Beefy-Red Wound Bed

OWM November 2008 Vol. 54 Issue 9


Phew! What's that Smell?

OWM November 2008 Vol. 54 Issue 1



The PolyMem family of dressings can be used as primary dressings, secondary dressings or a combination of both to support the entire healing continuum. PolyMem dressing configurations are available for use on wounds with dry, slight, moderate, or heavy drainage/exudate.

PolyMem helps effectively heal these common wound types and many more!

  • Abrasions                       

  • Acute wounds 

  • Bruises

  • Chronic wounds

  • Dermatologic disorders

  • Diabetic ulcers

  • Donor and graft sites

  • First / second-degree burns

  • Full / partial thickness wounds

  • Infected wounds

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  • Suspected deep tissue injury

  • Trauma wounds

  • Tube sites

  • Venous dermatitis

  • Venous ulcers

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