Epigard must be changed if there is the slightest indication of irritation, infection or oedema. Do not use Epigard with creams or ointments. Epigard is suitable for treating open wounds and for preparing a secondary wound occlusion such as open fractures with soft tissue damage and extensive skin defects, contaminated wound surfaces.
Do not use Epigard on wounds with pocket formation, massive infections with copious discharge and in patients with impaired blood.
Figure 1: Thorough wound debridement to gain an overall impression of the condition of the wound.
Figure 2: Precise adjustment of the skin replacement. Accurate cutting to size around the wound contour.
Figure 3: A lightly compressed dressing. Regular change of Epigard after 24 to 48 hours; examination of the wound, sterile dressing.
Figure 4: Repeated application of Epigard until a granulation bed that is ready for transplantation is achieved.
Figure 5: Definitive wound occlusion by means of a mesh graft or delayed primary suture after 3 to 7 days.