ALLEVYN

Advanced Foam Wound Dressings

 

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Exudate Management. Advanced foam dressings.

People First

Good Things Happen when You Put People First.

ALLEVYN DressingsALLEVYN is the dressing that has always worked backwards from the human body, transpiring just the right amount to keep each wound at the optimum moisture levels1 - 6.

Since that original breakthrough, we’ve innovated and enhanced with silicones, shapes, silvers and now with ALLEVYN Life, the latest addition to the range with its unique quadrilobe shape that conforms to the natural folds and contours of the human body.

Every one of those improvements started from the same place – a deep understanding of human tissue and what it means to live with a wound.

We find that good things happen when you put people first: improved wellbeing, greater concordance and all the system efficiencies that derive from that7.

 

References

1. Smith & Nephew data on file report 0601004 – comparison of the permeability of ALLEVYN Non-adhesive standard and new ALLEVYN Non-adhesive. David Foster and Ana Rial. February 2006
2. Data on file report 0601003. Comparison of the permeability of the old ALLEVYN Adhesive and the new modified ALLEVYN Adhesive. D. Foster. March 2006.
3. Technical justification summary AGB007. N Patrick, October 2010
4. Development Services report ref. DS/07/187/R1v2. Initial point testing for final stability for project Colombo. S. Carpenter and D. Foster. November 2007
5. Development Services report ref. DS/08/043/R1. Stability testing on ALLEVYN Gentle Border with wacker silicone adhesive.  S. Carpenter and D. Foster. June 2008
6. Technical Justification Summary AG0011. Gill Keane, November 2007
7. International consensus. Optimising wellbeing in people living with a wound. An expert working group review. London: Wounds International, 2012.
8. Smith & Nephew data on file report OR-DOF 020 An open, prospective, randomised, comparative volunteer trial to compare the performance of silicone adhesive dressings. Mepilex TM Border.
9. Smith & Nephew data on file report OR-DOF 041 An open, prospective, comparative volunteer trial to assess the retention qualities of ALLEVYN Life and Biatain TM Silicone.
10. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/130/DOF Simulated wound model testing of ALLEVYN Life and Mepilex Border
11. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/185/DOF Impact protection properties of ALLEVYN Life, Mepilex Border and Biatain Silicone
12. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/127/DOF Odour reducing properties of ALLEVYN Life
13. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/129/DOF Simulated wound model testing of ALLEVYN Life and Mepilex Border
14. Stephen-Haynes et al., An appraisal of the clinical performance and economic benefits of a silicone foam in a large UK primary care organisation. Journal of Community Nursing November 2013
15. Denyer J. Wound Management for children with Epidermolysis Bullosa. Dermatol Clin. 28(2): 257-64, 2010.
16. Data on File: 0711086
17. Stephen-Haynes J, Greenwood M (2011). Clinical evaluation of ALLEVYN Gentle Border Lite within one health trust. Br J Nurs 20(20):S36, S38-42.

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ALLEVYN Life

ALLEVYN Life PackagingDesigned for people who happen to be patients.

The next generation of silicone foam dressings, designed following a global patient ethnographic study. Unique quadrilobe shape designed to fit the contours of the human body8,9 . Provides peace of mind leakage prevention10 and absorbs common wound odour11*. Cushioning layer for maximum protection.12. Masking layer minimises the visual impact of strikethrough13. Change indicator optimises dressing change frequency and minimises wastage14.

*When tested in-vitro on representative compounds

 

ALLEVYN Life ProductAllevyn Life SacrumALLEVYN Life - Heel

Click here to find out more about ALLEVYN Life

References

1. Smith & Nephew data on file report 0601004 – comparison of the permeability of ALLEVYN Non-adhesive standard and new ALLEVYN Non-adhesive. David Foster and Ana Rial. February 2006
2. Data on file report 0601003. Comparison of the permeability of the old ALLEVYN Adhesive and the new modified ALLEVYN Adhesive. D. Foster. March 2006.
3. Technical justification summary AGB007. N Patrick, October 2010
4. Development Services report ref. DS/07/187/R1v2. Initial point testing for final stability for project Colombo. S. Carpenter and D. Foster. November 2007
5. Development Services report ref. DS/08/043/R1. Stability testing on ALLEVYN Gentle Border with wacker silicone adhesive.  S. Carpenter and D. Foster. June 2008
6. Technical Justification Summary AG0011. Gill Keane, November 2007
7. International consensus. Optimising wellbeing in people living with a wound. An expert working group review. London: Wounds International, 2012.
8. Smith & Nephew data on file report OR-DOF 020 An open, prospective, randomised, comparative volunteer trial to compare the performance of silicone adhesive dressings. Mepilex TM Border.
9. Smith & Nephew data on file report OR-DOF 041 An open, prospective, comparative volunteer trial to assess the retention qualities of ALLEVYN Life and Biatain TM Silicone.
10. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/130/DOF Simulated wound model testing of ALLEVYN Life and Mepilex Border
11. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/185/DOF Impact protection properties of ALLEVYN Life, Mepilex Border and Biatain Silicone
12. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/127/DOF Odour reducing properties of ALLEVYN Life
13. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/129/DOF Simulated wound model testing of ALLEVYN Life and Mepilex Border
14. Stephen-Haynes et al., An appraisal of the clinical performance and economic benefits of a silicone foam in a large UK primary care organisation. Journal of Community Nursing November 2013
15. Denyer J. Wound Management for children with Epidermolysis Bullosa. Dermatol Clin. 28(2): 257-64, 2010.
16. Data on File: 0711086
17. Stephen-Haynes J, Greenwood M (2011). Clinical evaluation of ALLEVYN Gentle Border Lite within one health trust. Br J Nurs 20(20):S36, S38-42.

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ALLEVYN Classic

ALLEVYN Gentle Border PackDesigned for Individuals and Versatility

From the beginning ALLEVYN was designed to respond to the human body: a range of sizes, shapes and formats, responsive triple layer technology for optimal fluid handling1-6 and Ag options when an antimicrobial is needed. 

 

The ALLEVYN Classic Range

ALLEVYN Adhesive ALLEVYN Adhesive

With a secure adhesive for when security is paramount and dressing retention is key.

ALLEVYN Non AdhesiveALLEVYN Non-Adhesive

A versatile dressing range ideal for compromised skin15

ALLEVYN GentleALLEVYN Gentle

With a low tack, soft gel adhesive for gentle application16

ALLEVYN Gentle BorderALLEVYN Gentle Border

A gentle silicone adhesive dressing available in a range of shapes and sizes for challenging areas

ALLEVYN Gentle Border LiteALLEVYN Gentle Border Lite

A soft, light, flexible17 silicone adhesive dressing for lightly exuding wounds

ALLEVYN AGALLEVYN Ag

All the benefits of ALLEVYN with added silver for when an antimicrobial is required
 

References

1. Smith & Nephew data on file report 0601004 – comparison of the permeability of ALLEVYN Non-adhesive standard and new ALLEVYN Non-adhesive. David Foster and Ana Rial. February 2006
2. Data on file report 0601003. Comparison of the permeability of the old ALLEVYN Adhesive and the new modified ALLEVYN Adhesive. D. Foster. March 2006.
3. Technical justification summary AGB007. N Patrick, October 2010
4. Development Services report ref. DS/07/187/R1v2. Initial point testing for final stability for project Colombo. S. Carpenter and D. Foster. November 2007
5. Development Services report ref. DS/08/043/R1. Stability testing on ALLEVYN Gentle Border with wacker silicone adhesive.  S. Carpenter and D. Foster. June 2008
6. Technical Justification Summary AG0011. Gill Keane, November 2007
7. International consensus. Optimising wellbeing in people living with a wound. An expert working group review. London: Wounds International, 2012.
8. Smith & Nephew data on file report OR-DOF 020 An open, prospective, randomised, comparative volunteer trial to compare the performance of silicone adhesive dressings. Mepilex TM Border.
9. Smith & Nephew data on file report OR-DOF 041 An open, prospective, comparative volunteer trial to assess the retention qualities of ALLEVYN Life and Biatain TM Silicone.
10. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/130/DOF Simulated wound model testing of ALLEVYN Life and Mepilex Border
11. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/185/DOF Impact protection properties of ALLEVYN Life, Mepilex Border and Biatain Silicone
12. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/127/DOF Odour reducing properties of ALLEVYN Life
13. Smith & Nephew data on file report DS/12/129/DOF Simulated wound model testing of ALLEVYN Life and Mepilex Border
14. Stephen-Haynes et al., An appraisal of the clinical performance and economic benefits of a silicone foam in a large UK primary care organisation. Journal of Community Nursing November 2013
15. Denyer J. Wound Management for children with Epidermolysis Bullosa. Dermatol Clin. 28(2): 257-64, 2010.
16. Data on File: 0711086
17. Stephen-Haynes J, Greenwood M (2011). Clinical evaluation of ALLEVYN Gentle Border Lite within one health trust. Br J Nurs 20(20):S36, S38-42.

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FAQs

What is the ALLEVYN Range of Dressings?

The ALLEVYN range of dressings from Smith & Nephew is a comprehensive range of absorbent foam dressings. Trusted with over 25 years of clinical use, the ALLEVYN Range has a history of innovation and putting people first, with a true understanding of the human body and the experience of living with a wound.

The ALLEVYN Range is divided into the ALLEVYN Classic products; a complete range of clinically proven1-5, quality foam dressings designed to fulfil a diverse range of wound care requirements, and ALLEVYN Life; an advanced layered dressing designed to give your patients an optimal wound care experience.

ALLEVYN Life

What is ALLEVYN Life?

ALLEVYN Life has an advanced layered construction, which combines a composite hydrocellular foam pad held 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 management6 to provide the optimal moist wound environment which leads to the promotion of faster healing7 and minimises the risk of maceration6,7. The wound contact surface of ALLEVYN Life is coated with a gentle silicone adhesive layer that ensures atraumatic removal at dressing changes2.

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?

Dressings 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, depending on the condition of the wound and the surrounding skin, or until exudate covers more than 50% of the absorbent outside of the central screen. 

The above information is for guidance and the decision of when to change should be dependent upon clinical assessment and local protocols should also be taken into consideration. 

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 showerproof8,9.

Does ALLEVYN Life have any odour?

No the dressing does not have a smell. The dressing locks away odour so it is retained within the dressing.

Is there a risk ALLEVYN Life will dry out the wound?

No as ALLEVYN Life is designed to maintain a moist wound healing environment7.

Can ALLEVYN Life be cut?

No, the dressing cannot be cut as internal particulate components may enter 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 properties11,12 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.

 

ALLEVYN Classics

What products are in the ALLEVYN Classic range?

The ALLEVYN Classic range consists of ALLEVYN Non-Adhesive, ALLEVYN Heel, ALLEVYN Adhesive, ALLEVYN Gentle, ALLEVYN Gentle Border and ALLEVYN Gentle Border Lite.

Why are there several different products within the ALLEVYN Classic range?

The different products in the ALLEVYN Classic range mean that there is a wide range of choice to cater for different patient needs. From those patients requiring a more secure adhesive to those needing a dressing suitable for use under compression, whether the wound is lightly exuding or the skin is fragile there is an ALLEVYN dressing to suit your patient.

How do the dressings in the ALLEVYN Classic range work?

All of the dressings in the ALLEVYN Classic range utilise the unique triple-action technology which consists of a non-adherent wound contact layer13-16, an absorbent foam core5,14,17-19 and a highly breathable top film14,19,20-22. This technology is designed to create a moist wound healing environment to keep the wound at the optimal moisture level for wound healing23-28.

The ALLEVYN Ag dressings contain the added benefit of silver suphadiazine within the foam pad to provide a sustained29-31 and effective31,32 bacterial kill when an antimicrobial dressing is required.

What type of adhesive are used on the dressings in the ALLEVYN Classics range?

There is a range of adhesion qualities on the different dressings in the ALLEVYN Classic range. ALLEVYN Non-Adhesive has a non-adherent wound contact layer for when no adhesion is required. ALLEVYN Gentle has a low-tack soft gel adhesive designed to provide a gentle helping hand during application of the secondary retention. ALLEVYN Gentle Border and ALLEVYN Gentle Border Lite both have a gentle silicone adhesive across the wound contact layer and border for gentle adhesion with no need for secondary retention, finally ALLEVYN Adhesive provides a secure adhesive for when dressing retention is paramount.

What are the ALLEVYN Classic range of dressings indicated for?

ALLEVYN Dressings have a wide range of indications. Click through to the individual product variant pages for specific indication information.

ALLEVYN Adhesive

ALLEVYN Non Adhesive

ALLEVYN Gentle

ALLEVYN Gentle Border

ALLEVYN Gentle Border Lite

How long can the dressings in the ALLEVYN Classic range be left in place for?

ALLEVYN dressings 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

Which dressings in the ALLEVYN Classic range can be used under compression?

ALLEVYN Non-Adhesive, ALLEVYN Ag Non-Adhesive, ALLEVYN Gentle and ALLEVYN Ag Gentle can all be used under compression

Do the dressings in the ALLEVYN Classic range work in combination with gels?

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

Can the dressings in the ALLEVYN Classic range 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.

What is the silver source in ALLEVYN Ag?

ALLEVYN Ag contains silver sulfadiazine within the foam pad.

What microbes is ALLEVYN Ag effective against?

ALLEVYN Ag is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria including antibiotic resistant bacteria such as Pseudomonas, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)31,32.

Is silver safe?

Silver sulfadiazine has a long history of use in wound care, with the cumulative history of approved clinical use of over 35 years as a Medicinal Product. Post marketing surveillance data collected for SSD show that SSD is both safe and effective in preventing and treating infections in burns and other wounds. Just like any other medical product please refer to the product leaflet for precautions and contraindications33.

How should ALLEVYN dressings be stored?

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

Can an ALLEVYN dressing dressing be used more than once?

No, ALLEVYN dressing 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. Leak K, Jones A and Brown S (2010) Non-comparative in-market evaluation of ALLEVYN Gentle. Wounds UK: 6(1): 41-54.
2. Hurd T et al., A multicentre in-market evaluation of ALLEVYN Gentle Border. Wounds UK, 2009, Vol 5. No 3.
3. Stephen-Haynes J, Greenwood M (2011). Clinical evaluation of ALLEVYN Gentle Border Lite within one health trust. Br J Nurs 20(20):S36, S38-42.
4. Harding Kg, Bales S. A randomised clinical study to evaluate and compare the performance of ALLEVYN Adhesive and TielleTM dressings in the management of exuding wounds in the community. Smith & Nephew Healthcare.
5. Evaluation of a hydrocellular dressing in the management of exuding wounds in the community. Kurring PA et al., (1994). Br J Nurs 3(20) 1049-1053.
6. Smith & Nephew Data on File Report DS.12.124.DOF Fluid Handling Properties of ALLEVYN Life
7. Rossington A et al., Clinical performance and positive impact on patient wellbeing of ALLEVYN Life. Wounds UK 2013, Vol 9, No 4.
8. Smith & Nephew data on file report OR-DOF 020 An open, prospective, randomised, comparative volunteer trial to compare the performance of silicone adhesive dressings. MepilexTM Border.
9. Smith & Nephew data on file report OR-DOF 021 An open, prospective, randomised, comparative volunteer trial to compare the performance of silicone adhesive dressings. BiatainTM Silicone.
10. Smith & Nephew Data on File Report 1205002DOF Bacterial Barrier Test
11. Smith & Nephew Data on File Report OR-DOF 001, Results from an open, prospective, randomised, within volunteer comparison of ALLEVYN Gentle Border and Mepilex Border. Palmer S and Smith G, November 2008.
12. Smith & Nephew Data on File Report DS/12/123/DOF, June 2012. Roberts Sarah. Physical properties of ALLEVYN Life.
13. A randomised comparative pilot study to evaluate ALLEVYN hydrocellular dressings and Sorbsan Calcium alginate dressings in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, Baker NR, Creevy J. Presented at the 6th Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, San Diego, California, 1993.
14. Bale S, Squires D et al., A comparison of two dressings in pressure sore management. J Wound Care 1997.
15. Data on File: OR/DOF 017.
16. ALLEVYN Gentle - a 17 day wound healing study in full thickness wounds in minipigs. November 2007.
17. Data on File:0709060.
18. Data on File: 0711080.
19. Data on File: DS/10/100/R1.
20. Data on File: 0601003
21. Data on File: DS/09/013/R2.
22. Smith & Nephew data on file report: Comparison of the permeability of ALLEVYN Non-Adhesive standard and new ALLEVYN Non-Adhesive written by David Foster and Anna Rial, Feb 2006.
23. Data on File: 0601004.
24. Data on File: 0601003.
25. Technical Justification: AGB007.
26. Data on File: DS/07/187/R1v2.
27. Data on File: DS/08/043/R1.
28. Technical Justification AG0011.
29. Data on File: 0703014.
30. Data on File: 0703003.
31. Data on File: RR/WMP07330-10-03.
32. Data on File: 0707052
33. Clinical Expert Report, Flamazine, February 2001

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