Epigard is a synthetic skin replacement for temporary wound dressing. Epigard cleans the wound and simultaneously maintains the moist environment which optimally conditions the wound for subsequent skin transplants.
Epigard is made from a non-textile, double-ply synthetic material and does not contain any additives. The top surface consists of a thin, microporous film. It is permeable to air and steam. This prevents the build-up of secretions, while protecting the wound from external bacterial burdens or fluids.
The underside forms an open matrix made of pliable, soft polyurethane. The wound exudate adheres to the fine porous structure and is removed together with the necrotic tissue when the bandage is changed. Fibroblasts and vessels begin growing in the wound area and the open polyurethane foam during the mechanical wound cleansing phase. In general, the wound is soon conditioned for the subsequent transplantation, provided Epigard is changed daily.