Skin Protection Operating Room Pad | Epidermolysis Bullosa | GlideWear

  • Breathable 53 x 26″ pad with patented, low-friction fabric protects patient’s back, legs, feet, heels, elbows, and head from blister-causing friction
  • Intended for use during surgery and recovery
  • Designed to allow warm air to blow directly through the pad
  • Loops around edges allow the pad to be anchored to the surface
  • Breathable, comfortable GlideWear material is combined with thin spacer fabric
  • Flat, smooth seams are placed at the edges, away from high-risk areas
  • Machine washable and easy to care for in a healthcare facility setting
  • Created especially for facilities caring for children with epidermolysis bullosa

To order, call 763-795-0057. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Currently available to ship to the US only.

SKU: GW-PAD-OR Category:


The GlideWear Skin Protection Operating Room Pad was designed specifically for children with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) in collaboration with a leading academic hospital / EB center.

The GlideWear OR pad features a low-friction zone across its surface, which reduces friction and provides skin protection during surgery.

The GlideWear fabric is made from a combination of nylon and spandex that’s breathable, comfortable, and feels good against the skin. The OR pad is made of GlideWear fabric attached to a thin spacer fabric, which provides exceptional breathability.

If you have any questions about whether the GlideWear Skin Protection Operating Room Pad is right for your patients, call our clinical team at 763-795-0057 or email

What Medical Professionals & Parents are Saying

“The OR pads work very well clinically for procedures with our EB patients, and they are holding up well in our cleaning cycle. We would like to order more.” — Leading research hospital

“The GlideWear clothes are working great. My daughter won’t take them off.” – Father of a daughter with EB

“Our son has started scooting around on his knees, something he could never do before he had GlideWear in the knees of his pants!” – Nina Schuppler, mother of a son with EB

“Using GlideWear garments for my daughter reduced bandages by approximately half, saving about $5,000/month. And because fewer bandages are needed, GlideWear clothes make kids with EB more comfortable — they can move more freely and wear fewer layers in hot climate.” – Gabriella McCann, mother of a daughter with EB

“GlideWear clothing has made a huge difference in our life and has helped our son tremendously. We are very thankful for that!” – Mother of a son with EB

“Besides GlideWear there is nothing out there to effectively reduce friction. The garments we used before are okay for bandage retaining, but not for friction reduction in case of trauma. GlideWear clothing was so important for our daughter.” – Mother of a daughter with EB

The History of GlideWear & EB

GlideWear is a patented, low-friction fabric technology that protects the skin from blister-causing friction. It’s a two-layer fabric that protects skin by gliding smoothly against itself and absorbing the harmful friction and shear that can damage skin. GlideWear is widely used in medical applications where skin is at risk for injury caused by friction and shear forces.

The GlideWear team’s work with kids with epidermolysis bullosa started in 2015 with one 4-year-old girl in Minnesota. Our clinical team designed custom clothes for her to protect her armpits, knees, elbows, and back from the harmful friction that causes blistering. Since then, we’ve made custom garments and support surface prototypes for other children with EB.

In early 2017, our team started working with a nationally renowned hospital to design custom products for their patients with epidermolysis bullosa. In July 2018 at the debra Care Conference, GlideWear launched its standard line of skin protection products for children with EB.


Product Instructions

The low-friction areas on the pad protect the skin from friction and shear forces that contribute to blistering of EB skin. GlideWear is not indicated for application directly against open wounds. Consult your primary caregiver for wound treatment recommendations to accompany the use of this product.

The smooth, shiny (low-friction) side should face up and come into contact with the patient.

The first time a medical professional or facility uses this pad, be aware of the slippery nature of the GlideWear low-friction zones. The low-friction zones may affect the way a child moves because the skin will not catch or pull.

WARNING: For professional use only. Not intended for use in beds without sides. Using on an elevated surface without sides (e.g. bed rails) could pose a fall hazard.

Machine wash and dry. Avoid contact with chlorine bleach and hook & loop fastener.

Size Chart

86% Nylon / 14% Spandex / Spacer: 100% Polyester

Tech Specs

86% Nylon / 14% Spandex / Spacer: 100% Polyester

Made in Minnesota, USA

Additional information

Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 4 in


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