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Biosynthetic Wound Dressing


BIOBRANE In UseBIOBRANE is a biocomposite dressing made from an ultrathin, semipermeable silicone membrane mechanically bonded to a flexible knitted trifilament nylon fabric. When used in conjunction with VERSAJET◊ the traditional window of use can be extended beyond 24 hours. 1

Good adherance

  • A nontoxic mixture of highly purified peptides derived from porcine dermal collagen has been bonded to the nylon/silicone membrane to provide a highly flexible and conformable composite dressing with adherence properties and a hydrophilic, biocompatible surface.
  • BIOBRANE surface close upInitial adherence results from the fibrin on the clean wound surface preferentially bonding to the collagen surface of the dressing.

Reduces water vapour loss

  • The silicone outer layer acts like a protective epidermal barrier and reduces the water loss from the wound which is essential to avoid wound desiccation
  • Allows some water vapour permeability which is beneficial in preventing excess fluid accumulation

BIOBRANE Diagram 2Reduces pain

  • The adherence reduces pain and allows patients an early free movement.2


  • BIOBRANE stretches to move with the patient

Key benefits to burn wound care:

  • Not more expensive when compared with inexpensive and commonly used standard dressings 2
  • Transparency permits direct wound inspection
  • Reduces length of hospital stay for patients with superficial partial thickness burns 3 compared with standard care


  • Superficial to mid-partial thickness burns (once debrided of non-viable tissue) 
  • Excised burn wound with or without meshed autografts (need viable bed) 
  • Donor sites 

Ordering information 


S&N Code



66800174 13cm x 13cm 5 Dressings
66800175 13cm x 38cm 5 Dressings
66800176 25cm x 38cm 5 Dressings
66800177 38cm x 51cm 1 Dressing
66800181 Glove (Paediatric) 2 Gloves
66800182 Glove (Small) 2 Gloves
66800183 Glove (Medium) 2 Gloves
66800184 Glove (Large) 2 Gloves


  1. Cubison TCS et al., Dermal Preservation using the VERSAJET hydrosurgery system for debridement of pediatric burns. Burns 2006; 32; 714-720.
  2. Lang EM et al., BIOBRANE in the Treatment of Burn and Scald Injuries in Children. Annals of Plastic Surgery 2005; 55(5): 485-489.
  3. Hankins CL et al., Hot beverage burns: An 11-year experience of the Yorkshire Regional Burns Centre. Burns 2006; 32: 87-91.


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