How it works

Learn how ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings work

ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings effectively absorb and lock exudate while providing an optimal patient experience5,6,9. The foam and lock away core layers prevent the exudate from leaking onto surrounding skin, which may help reduce the risk of maceration.5,6 The soft silicone wound contact layer ensures that the dressing can be repositioned and changed without damaging the wound or surrounding skin, exposing the patient to unnecessary additional pain.7,8 The discretion and change indicator layers minimises unnecessary embarrassment to the patient and shows when the dressing needs to be changed.3,4

How it works

Click on the video to see how ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings work

 

ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings show you when they need to be changed

The discretion and change indicator layers are exclusive to ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings. Together they reduce the visibility of unsightly exudate strikethrough and show when the dressings need to be changed, helping to reduce unnecessary dressing changes3,4

When to change

Dressings can be left in place undisturbed for up to 7 days, except the sacral area where dressings can be left in place for up to 5 days. Depending on the condition of the wound and the surrounding skin, or until exudate covers 75% or more of the absorbent pad outside of the central screen the dressing should be changed. Between 50%-75% consider changing based on clinical judgement.

 

ALLEVYN 3x dressings

How to use

How to use

  1. Always clean the wound prior to applying the dressing in accordance with normal procedures
  2. Select the appropriate size dressing. The pad area only of the dressing must be adhered across the entire surface of the wound so make sure the pad overlaps the wound bed

Application of ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressing to the body

See how ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings are correctly applied.

 

Removal of ALLEYN LIFE Foam Dressing from the body

See how to correctly remove ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings.

 

When to use

ALLEVYN LIFE is a multi-purpose foam dressing which is designed for a wide variety of exuding chronic and acute wounds. It has been designed to for moderate to high exuding wounds such as pressure ulcers, leg and foot ulcers including diabetic, traumatic wounds and other secondary healing wounds.7,11-13

ALLEVYN LIFE is also proven to help prevent pressure ulcers when used in addition with standard pressure ulcer prevention protocols14

Where to use

ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes making it the solution for small to large wounds – even those located on challenging parts of the body. Anatomical shaped sizes are also available in ALLEVYN LIFE Sacrum and ALLEVYN LIFE Heel.

ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings are versatile and can be applied to various parts of the body.

Application of ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressing to a joint

See how ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings are correctly applied to the joint area.

 

Remove ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressing from a Joint

See how to correctly remove ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings from a joint area.

 

ALLEVYN LIFE shows you when it needs to be changed

The discretion and change indicator layers are exclusive to ALLEVYN LIFE. Together they reduce the visibility of unsightly exudate strikethrough and show when the dressing needs to be changed, helping to reduce unnecessary dressing changes3,4

ALLEVYN 3x dressings

ALLEVYN LIFE Performance

See how ALLEVYN LIFE compares versus other foam dressings

Fit and Staying in place

There was significant evidence that fewer ALLEVYN LIFE dressings lifted after 3 days on healthy volunteers(versus the nearest competitor product)1


 

Discretion, Absorbency and Leakage

0% leakage after 7 days compared to 64% versus nearest competitor in-vitro15

Wound Model video of ALLEVYN LIFE vs Mepilex** Border

 

 

Pressure Distribution

ALLEVYN LIFE delivered 27% greater protection than nearest competitor in a pressure distribution study16

allevyn lif performance multiplex

Pressure was applied to the dressing surface on both dressings and the pressure transferred through dressings was measured. ALLEVYN LIFE exhibited a 56% reduction in mean pressure compared to no dressing in place whilst the traditional silicone dressing only delivered a 29% reduction.

* Tested on MepilexTM Border
** TM All trademarks acknowledged

Ordering Information

ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes making it the solution for small to large wounds – even those located on challenging parts of the body

Ordering Codes

 

 

Code

Size

Pieces per carton

66801067

10.3cm x 10.3cm

10

 

66801068

12.9cm x 12.9cm

10

 

66801069

15.4cm x 15.4cm

10

 

66801070

21cm x 21cm

10

 

66801304

Heel 25cm x 25.2cm

5

 

66801306

Sacrum 17.2cm x 17.5cm

10

 

66801307

Sacrum 21.6cm x 23cm

10

 

ALLEVYN LIFE shows you when it needs to be changed

The discretion and change indicator layers are exclusive to ALLEVYN LIFE. Together they reduce the visibility of unsightly exudate strikethrough and show when the dressing needs to be changed, helping to reduce unnecessary dressing changes3,4

ALLEVYN 3x dressings

Learn more about ALLEVYN LIFE

Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience


Hear how the unique properties of ALLEVYN LIFE help save nursing time in real clinical practice.

Watch the video

Saving on Time and Budget

Saving on Time and Budget


This real world audit shows how ALLEVYN LIFE can reduce dressing expenditure by 64%10

Read the poster

References

1. Smith & Nephew data on file report OR-DOF020 An open, prospective, randomised, comparative volunteer trial to compare the performance of silicone adhesive dressings.
2. Smith & Nephew data on file report OR-DOF 041 An open, prospective, comparative volunteer trial to assess the retention qualities of ALLEVYN™ Life and BiatainTM Silicone.
3. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/129/DOF Simulated wound model testing of ALLEVYN Life and Mepilex Border
4. Jackie Stephen-Haynes et al. An appraisal of the clinical performance and economic benefits of a silicone foam in a large UK primary care Organization. Journal of Community Nursing 2013.
5. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/130/DOF Simulated wound model testing of ALLEVYN Life and Mepilex Border.
6. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/127/DOF Odour reducing properties of ALLEVYN Life.
7. Data on File Report DS.12.124. DOF. Fluid Handling Properties of ALLEVYN Life
8. Rossington, A et al (2013) Clinical performance and positive impact on patient wellbeing of ALLEVYN LIFE. Wounds UK. 9(4): 91-95
9. Bali and Monterey Research Insights Summary Document. Smith & Nephew 2013
10. Joy H et al. A collaborative project to enhance efficiency through dressing change practice. Poster presented at Wounds UK, Harrogate November 2014.
11. Data on File Ref DS/09/013/R2. ALLEVYN Gentle Border Dressing Physical Properties. Daubney L, May 2009
12. Myers D. The clinical and physical properties of ALLEVYN Gentle Border dressing and the moist wound environment. November 2007
13. Hurd T et al. A multicentre in-market evaluation of ALLEVYN Gentle Border. Wounds UK, 2009, Vol 5, No3
14. Lisco C. Evaluation of a new silicone gel-adhesive hydrocellular foam dressing as part of a pressure ulcer prevention plan for ICU patients. WOCN 2013
15. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/130/DOF Simulated wound model testing of ALLEVYN LIFE and Mepilex™ Border