A synthetic cellulose allograft/xenograft substitute

Welcome to the EPIPROTECT education page

You will find all you need to get up and running with EPIPROTECT here.

A selection of ‘how to’ videos, quick guide and an FAQ.

EPIPROTECT® is a synthetic epithelium that is 100% free from human or animal products made from a unique material called Eiratex®.

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These series of videos will help you navigate using EPIPROTECT, enabling you to apply EPIPROTECT effectively.

EPIPROTECT – opening and placing the product

EPIPROTECT full in depth training video

EPIPROTECT trouble shooting

EPIPROTECT full training – short version

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A step by step guide to getting up and running quickly with EPIPROTECT.

Watch the quick guide for help setting up your device. 

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Can EpiProtect® be used on paediatric patients?

Yes it can. It has many benefits for paediatric patients including reducing pain, confirmability, ease of application, one application only and minimal outer dressing requirements.

What size wound will EpiProtect® cover?

2117 covers 357cm2. Coverage is dependent on size of patient. EpiProtect® ulcer has a diameter of 8cm.

What depth of wound is appropriate for EpiProtect®?

Superficial and partial thickness wound depths are suitable for adherence and single application of the dressing. Please ask for more information on its use in full thickness burns.

What is EpiProtect® made from?

EpiProtect® is made from cellulose which has been altered in the laboratory to create a product called Eiratex®. Eiratex® mimics the collagen matrix of skin and is gas permeable. You can apply topical antibiotics over the dressing. This is unique to EpiProtect®. Eiratex® is manmade and contains no animal, plant or human derivatives.

How will EpiProtect® adhere to the wound bed?

EpiProtect’s structure mimics the collagen structure of skin which allows it to easily conform to the wound bed. It anchors on to the bed of the wound which also helps to reduce and in some cases stop the exudate produced by the wound, as EpiProtect® acts as a natural skin-like cover. It is important to allow EpiProtect® 24 hours to adhere (although we have seen adherence take less time than this in a lot of cases).

Do you need to glue or staple EpiProtect® into place?

EpiProtect® will adhere to the wound bed without glue or staples. However, if you are using in a location of the body where friction or gravity may affect adherence then it is best practice to “spot” glue or staple in place to ensure adherence is achieved. It is also useful where patients may be less compliant with resting in the first 24 hours.

Can you cut the product to remove air bubbles on application?

No. If you cut EpiProtect® you remove the dressing’s ability to protect against bacteria penetration. If the dressing remains intact it will protect the wound bed from bacteria. If you have bubbles of air caught under the dressing on application, then smooth them away gently with your finger and they will disperse.

Do I need to remove the dressing if there is an infection or exudate build up in the wound?

Do not remove the dressing entirely. Cut a window in the dressing in the area you need to treat and deal with the infection or exudate. Once complete, place another piece of EpiProtect® over the area. Be careful to ensure the new piece of dressing adheres to the wound bed so you regain the bacterial barrier and optimise the healing potential for the wound.

What do you cover EpiProtect® with?

This depends on the location of the wound and the compliance of the patient. In general, a non-adherent dressing to cover EpiProtect® with an outer layer of gauze will suffice. Patient depending, once adhered, a cover may not be needed but this is patient and position dependent.

Can I use silver dressings over EpiProtect®?

Yes, you can use silver dressings. Some silver dressings such as ActiCoat will discolour EpiProtect® to a brownish black colour so it’s worth mentioning to clinical teams in the unit, outpatients and the patient prior to removing the outer dressings in order that this causes no unnecessary alarm.

How frequently do I change EpiProtect®?

Normally there are no additional changes required. It is just the outer dressing which may need to be replaced until the wound has healed.

The dressing looks dried out, is this OK?

Yes, it will look dried out and will lift away from the wound bed as the wound heals, just like a natural scab would act when formed by the body. It is good practice to cut away excessive areas of the dressing where it has lifted to maintain adherence where required in the wound. Patients do not report any discomfort as the dressing is still moist underneath where it is adhered.

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