What is ALLEVYN LIFE?

ALLEVYN LIFE has an advanced layered construction, made up of a composite hydrocellular foam and superabsorber pad heldheld between a perforated silicone gel adhesive wound contact layer and a highly permeable waterproof outer film.  ALLEVYN LIFE incorporates a central mesh screen on the pad to help shield the visibility of exudate.

How does ALLEVYN LIFE work?

The advanced layered construction of ALLEVYN LIFE facilitates dynamic fluid management1 to provide the optimal moist wound environment and minimises the risk of maceration.1,2 The wound contact surface of ALLEVYN LIFE is coated with a gentle silicone adhesive layer that ensures atraumatic removal at dressing changes.2,3

What is ALLEVYN LIFE indicated for?

ALLEVYN LIFE is used to dress exuding wounds including pressure ulcers, leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, malignant wounds, surgical wounds, first and second degree burns, donor sites, fungating ulcers and skin tears. ALLEVYN LIFE may be used on infected wounds, which should be treated as per local clinical protocol.

How long can ALLEVYN LIFE be left in place?

ALLEVYN LIFE can be left in place for up to 7 days, except the sacral area where dressings can be left in place for up to 5 days.

When should I change the ALLEVYN LIFE dressing?

During the early stages of treatment inspect the dressing frequently. Dressings can be left in place for up to 7 days, except the sacral area where dressings can be left in place for upto 5 days. Dressings should be changed depending on the condition of the wound and surrounding skin or when exudate covers 75% of the change indicator. Consider changing ifthe exudate covers more than 50% of the change indicator. The diagram below is for guidance only and the decision of when to change should be dependent upon clinical assessment and local protocols under the guidance of a Healthcare Professional:
Allevyn Life - When to change

How should I remove ALLEVYN LIFE?

To remove ALLEVYN LIFE, lift the edge of the dressing and slowly peel back until completely removed from the wound.

Is ALLEVYN LIFE showerproof?

Yes, it is showerproof.3

Does ALLEVYN LIFE have any odour?

No the dressing does not have a smell. The dressing absorbs common wound odours, when tested in-vitro on representative compounds so they are retained within the dressing.4

Can ALLEVYN LIFE be cut?

Do not cut the absorbent pad as internal dressing components may contaminate the wound leading to delayed healing.

Does ALLEVYN LIFE work in combination with gels?

ALLEVYN LIFE can be used in conjunction with INTRASITE◊ Gel for necrotic or sloughy wounds.

Can ALLEVYN LIFE be used with oxidising agents? 

Do not use ALLEVYN LIFE dressing with oxidising agents such as hypochlorite solutions (e.g. EUSOL) or hydrogen peroxide, as these can break down the absorbent polyurethane component of the dressing.

Can ALLEVYN LIFE be repositioned?

ALLEVYN LIFE can be lifted and repositioned without losing its adherent properties5 but ensure no creasing or stretching of the dressing occurs when applying.

How should ALLEVYN LIFE be stored?

ALLEVYN LIFE should be stored in a dry place below 77°f/ 25°c, away from sunlight.

Can an ALLEVYN LIFE dressing be used more than once?

No, ALLEVYN LIFE is a single use only product. If used on more than one patient, cross contamination or infection may occur. Opening the dressing pouch compromises the sterile barrier, therefore any unused dressing should not be retained for application at a later date.

References

1. Data on File Report DS.12.124. DOF. Fluid Handling Properties of ALLEVYN Life
2. Rossington, A et al (2013) Clinical performance and positive impact on patient wellbeing of ALLEVYN LIFE. Wounds UK. 9(4): 91-95
3. Smith & Nephew data on file report OR-DOF020 An open, prospective, randomised, comparative volunteer trial to compare the performance of silicone adhesive dressings.
4. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/127/DOF Odour reducing properties of ALLEVYN Life.
5. Data on File Report DS.12.157. DOF. Physical Properties of ALLEVYN Life