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Allevyn* Ag

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ALLEVYN AG

Wound infection can significantly compromise patient wellbeing and place heavy burdens on healthcare economies. The ALLEVYN Ag dressings have been designed to combine the essential qualities of the ALLEVYN range with the added antimicrobial activity of silver.

The unique tri-layer construction of the dressings enable optimal fluid handling to support moist wound healing1 and the addition of SSD to the foam pad provides a broad spectrum bacterial kill in-vitro2,3. The dressings are comfortable for patients, conform to body contours and are easy to apply and remove4,5,6,7.

The ALLEVYN Ag range is available as:

ALLEVYN Ag AdhesiveALLEVYN Ag Adhesive

A highly absorbent8 secure antimicrobial dressing that is also available in a sacral shape for this area that is at high risk of contamination

 

ALLEVYN Ag Adhesive Size and Ordering Information

 

ALLEVYN Ag Non-AdhesiveALLEVYN Ag Non-Adhesive

A highly absorbent9 non-adherent10 antimicrobial dressing suitable for compromised skin that can be cut to suit the patient

ALLEVYN Ag Non-Adhesive Size and Ordering Information

 

ALLEVYN Ag GentleALLEVYN Ag Gentle

A highly absorbent11 antimicrobial dressing with a soft gel gentle adhesive to enable easy application6 under secondary retention including compression.

ALLEVYN Ag Gentle Size and Ordering Information

 

ALLEVYN Ag Gentle BorderALLEVYN Ag Gentle Border

A highly absorbent12 antimicrobial dressing with a gentle silicone adhesive, the ideal one step dressing for use on fragile skin7.

ALLEVYN Ag Gentle Border Size and Ordering Information

 

All of the ALLEVYN Ag dressings combine the physical qualities of the ALLEVYN tri-layer construction with the antimicrobial activity of SSD. Proven in vitro against a broad spectrum of bacteria including antibiotic resistant bacteria such as Pseudomonas, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)2,3 the ALLEVYN Ag range provides a sustained action with antimicrobial properties remaining effective for up to 7 days in-vitro3,13,14.

The ALLEVYN Ag dressings are indicated for:

  • Shallow, granulating wounds
  • Chronic and acute exudative wounds
  • Full and partial thickness wounds such as pressure ulcers, leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers
  • Infected wounds
  • Malignant wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • First and second degree burns
  • Donor sites
  • Fungating wounds

 

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Technology

The ALLEVYN Ag dressings consist of an absorbent hydrocellular foam pad8,9,11,12 held between a highly permeable outer top film and a non-adherent wound contact layer that will not stick to the wound itself10,15,16,17.

Depending on the specific dressing there is a choice of adhesive available to cater for individual patient needs ranging from the gentle soft-gel of ALLEVYN Ag Gentle, the gentle silicone adhesive of ALLEVYN Ag Gentle Border and the secure low allergy18 adhesive of ALLEVYN Ag Adhesive.

ALLEVYN Triple ActionBreathable Top Film

The outer polyurethane top film switches to become more breathable in the presence of exudate 11,12,19.

It also helps to prevent strikethrough and provides an effective barrier to bacteria20,21,22 and minimises the risk of cross contamination.

Highly Absorbent Foam Core

The hydrocellular foam core is highly absorbent8,9,10,11, providing absorption capacity for up to 7 days6,7,23,24.

Non-Adherent Wound Contact Layer 

The wound contact layer will not stick to the wound10,15,16,17 and is available in a range of adhesive types to cater for differing patient needs.

ALLEVYN Ag provides a broad spectrum antimicrobial action2,3 via the inclusion of silver sulfadiazine into the hydrocellular foam pad. Silver is a commonly used antimicrobial agent in woundcare and has been demonstrated to be effective against antibiotic resistant bacteria such as Pseudomonas, MRSA and VRE2,3 for up to 7 days in-vitro3,13,14.

Silver works via a multi-modal action, acting on several different areas of the bacteria to achieve an effective bacterial kill25

ALLEVYN Ag Diagram

Silver acts on several areas of the cell to achieve an effective bacterial kill25. Clinical trials on ALLEVYN Ag have demonstrated its efficacy in patients with Lantis et al observing a significant reduction in bioburden in the wound during the use of ALLEVYN Ag combined with a decrease in the signs and symptoms of infection and a reduction in wound area26.

 

References

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Evidence

There is a range of clinical evidence available for ALLEVYN Ag demonstrating its efficacy in patients as well as in vitro. It has been shown to reduce bioburden in the wound, reduce the signs and symptoms of infection and reduce wound area26; all key parameters impacting on patient wellbeing.

Clinical evidence has also shown how ALLEVYN Ag has been positively rated by clinicians in the areas of exudate management, patient comfort and durability27.

Here is a summary of the key pieces of evidence for ALLEVYN Ag. Click through to view further detail.

Variant Author Title
  Lantis J. Gendics, C
Journal of Wound Care Vol. 20 , no2 , February
2011
In vivo effect of sustained-release silver
sulphadiazine foam on bioburden and wound
closure in infected venous leg ulcers
 (PDF - 194kb)
ALLEVYN Ag Kotz P, Fisher J, McCluskey P, Hartwell SD,
Dharma H.
Int Wound J 2009; 6:186–194
Use of a new silver barrier dressing, ALLEVYN Ag in exuding chronic wounds (PDF - 183kb)
ALLEVYN Ag Adhesive Kotz P. ALLEVYN Ag Adhesive for a non-progressing ankle wound in a diabetic patient (home care setting) (PDF - 150kb)
ALLEVYN Ag
Heel (Non-Adhesive)
Sanchez Perez et al. ALLEVYN Ag Heel for a critically colonised Stage III pressure ulcer (PDF - 146kb)
ALLEVYN Ag Non Adhesive Mornane C. ALLEVYN Ag Non Adhesive for non-healing leg ulcers (PDF - 152kb)
ALLEVYN Ag Gentle. Monleon Just and Rodriguez Gardia. ALLEVYN Ag Gentle for a fungating breast wound (PDF - 541kb)
ALLEVYN Ag Gentle Border Ivey. ALLEVYN Ag Gentle Border for an infected skin tear. (PDF - 861kb)

 

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Instructions for Use

ALLEVYN Ag Adhesive

ALLEVYN Ag Non-Adhesive

ALLEVYN Ag Gentle 

ALLEVYN Ag Gentle Border

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