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Allevyn* Ag Adhesive


This information is intended for Healthcare Professionals only.

Alleyvn Ag Adhesive

Allevyn* Ag Adhesive is an antimicrobial absorbent 3-layer dressing consisting of the following:

  • A SSD (Silver Sulfadiazine) containing absorbent hydrocellular pad sandwiched between a perforated adhesive wound contact layer and a waterproof outer film.

The dressing provides an effective barrier to microbial contamination protecting the wound from invasive pathogenic microorganisms, thus assisting faster healing. SSD is effective against microorganisms present in the dressing and in the wound. In the presence of exudate the dressing will help maintain a moist wound environment.


Allevyn Ag Adhesive is an antimicrobial absorbent dressing for the management of wounds healing by secondary intention, chronic and acute full thickness wounds, partial thickness or shallow granulating wounds, exuding wounds such as:

Allevyn Ag Adhesive may be used on infected wounds. Where the product is used on infected wounds the wounds should be treated as per local protocol.

Contraindications / Precautions


  • Do not use on patients known to be hypersensitive to silver sulfadiazine or sulfonamides
  • As sulfonamides are known to cause kernicterus, Allevyn Ag Adhesive should not be used on females who are at, or near term pregnancy or lactating, on premature infants or on newborn infants during the first month of life.

  • For external use only
  • Allevyn Ag Adhesive is not compatible with oxidizing agents (e.g. EUSOL) or hydrogen peroxide, as these can break down the absorbent polyurethane component of the dressing.
  • Allevyn Ag Adhesive may not be compatible with topical anti-microbials.
  • In the event of clinical infection, topical silver does not replace the need for systemic therapy or other adequate infection treatment.
  • In common with all adhesive products, some cases of irritation and/or maceration of the skin surrounding the wound may be observed.
  • It should be noted that inappropriate use or too frequent dressing changes, particularly on patients with fragile skin may result in skin stripping.
  • Avoid contact with electrodes or conductive gels during electronic measurements e.g. EEG and ECG.
  • When Allevyn Ag Adhesive is used on a patient during MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) examination some warming may be experienced.
  • Allevyn Ag Adhesive is not compatible with oil based products such as petrolatum.
  • Allevyn Ag Adhesive is not suitable for use alone on cavity wounds but may be used over cavity wounds as a secondary dressing.
  • As with all products containing silver sulfadiazine the following precautions should be noted, especially when covering a large surface area with the dressing.
  • Use caution in patients with significant hepatic or renal impairment.
  • Use caution in individuals known to have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency.
  • Effects of systemically administered drugs may be altered. This can especially apply to oral hypoglycaemic agents and to phenytoin. In the case of these drugs, it is recommended that blood levels should be monitored as their effect can be potentiated.


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CodeDescription Items per unit
66800073 7.5cm x 7.5cm bx/10
66800075 10cm x 10cm bx/10
66800078 12.5cm x 12.5cm bx/10
66800081 17.5cm x 17.5cm bx/10

Instructions for Use

This information is intended for Healthcare Professionals only.

Where required, wound cleansing should be performed according to local clinical protocol.

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Step 1
Choose a dressing that is larger than the wound.

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Step 2
Prepare the skin surrounding the wound by removing excess moisture. Any excess hair should be clipped to ensure close approximation to the wound.

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Step 3
Remove Allevyn Ag Adhesive from the pack using an aseptic technique.

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Step 4
Start to remove the protector material from Allevyn Ag Adhesive and anchor the dressing.

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Step 5
Smooth the dressing over the wound, removing the remaining protector material.

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Step 6
Allevyn Ag Adhesive can be cut, especially to dress heels, elbows and other awkward areas.

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Frequency of dressing change
During the early stages of wound management Allevyn Ag Adhesive dressing should be inspected frequently. Where the product is used on infected wounds the infection should be inspected and treated as per local clinical protocol. Dressings have the capacity to stay in place for up to 7 days, except for the sacral area where dressings have the capacity to stay in place for up to 5 days, or until exudate is visible and approaches 2cm from the edge of the dressing. Local clinical protocols should also be taken into consideration.

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Dressing removal
To remove the Allevyn Ag Adhesive dressing, lift one corner and pull the dressing back on itself. Sacral dressings should be removed from the top edge and down towards the anus to minimise the chance of transmitting infection.
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