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ALLEVYN Adhesive

Advanced Foam Wound Dressings

ALLEVYN Adhesive

Product Introduction

ALLEVYN Adhesive There are many times when best patient care demands a combination of virtues in the same dressing: high absorbency, conformability, secure self-adhesion as well as waterproof and bacteria-proof performance.

ALLEVYN Adhesive, with its unique triple layer formation, has been designed to achieve this combination ensuring optimal fluid handling to maintain a moist wound environment.1 ALLEVYN Adhesive Dressing is an economically-efficient2 dressing specifically designed to manage chronic or acute exuding wounds.

  • The unique triple action technology helps maintain an optimal balance in fluid which helps to maintain a moist wound environment1
  • The non-sensitizing  adhesive3 helps keep the dressing securely in place without adhering to the wound4,5
  • The highly breathable top film helps to minimize the risk of maceration to the wound and periwound6,7
  • Provides an effective barrier function to exogenous bacteria as well as helping to prevent fluid and bacterial strikethrough8
  • Easy to apply and remove4,5,7
  • Conforms to body contours and is very comfortable for patients4,5,7,9
  • Available in a wide range of sizes which can be cut to fit awkward areas such as elbows and heels
  • Sacral sizes available which combine the same high-absorbency and secure self-adhesion in an anatomically-shaped dressing.


ALLEYVN Adhesive Dressings are intended for use on:

  • 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

 

Ordering Information

ALLEVYN Adhesive

Product Number Size Pieces per Carton Cartons per Case HCPCS Code
66020043 3’’ x 3’’/7.5cm x 7.5cm 10 4 A6212
66020044 5’’ x 5’’/12.5cm x 12.5cm 10 4 A6212
66020045 7’’ x 7’’/17.5cm x 17.5cm 10 4 A6213
66020046 9’’ x 9’’/22.5cm x 22.5cm 10 8 A6214

 

ALLEVYN Sacrum

Product Number Size Pieces per Carton Cartons per Case HCPCS Code
66000700 6 ¾’’ x 6 ¾’’/17cm x 17cm 10 8 A6213
66000451 9’’ x 9’’/22cm x 22cm 10 8 A6213

 

References

  1. The composite structure of ALLEVYN Adhesive allows a moist wound environment to be maintained at the wound surface. The moisture is held in the open pores in the foam. As the dressing become saturated and the moisture reaches the backing film the excess moisture is removed through this layer. (Product Claim Sheet)
  2. K Harding et al. A cost effectiveness study using ALLEVYN dressings. Smith & Nephew Healthcare
  3. A human repeat insult patch test with adhesive materials. Inveresk Research International. Report No 3524. June 1986
  4. R Avanzi, R Martinelli, S Accardi, C Giraudi, P Peroli, S Rowan et al. Adhesive hydrocellular dressing vs hydrocolloid dressing in the treatment of 2nd and 3rd degree pressure ulcers. 
  5. S Bale, D Squires, T Varnon, A Walker, M Benbow, KG Harding. A comparison of two dressings in pressure sore management. J Wound Care 1997; 6(10): 463 – 466
  6. D Foster and A Rial. Comparison of the permeability of old ALLEYVN Adhesive and new modified ALLEVYN Adhesive. Data on file report 0601003. February 2006 
  7. R Cassino, E Ricci, A Carusone, A Mercanti. A conformable hydrogel in the debridement of complex necrotic wounds. EWMA; 1997. 
  8. D. Smith. An in vitro assessment of the bacterial barrier properties of ALLEVYN Adhesive. Data on file report 0607022. July 2006 
  9. KG Harding, S Bales. 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.
  10. M. Branagan. Histological demonstration of cellular debris within ALLEVYN dressings. HIS/044: April 1997
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Technology

ALLEVYN Adhesive consists of a highly absorbent hydrocellular foam pad held between an adhesive perforated wound contact layer and a highly permeable outer top film.5,6

ALLEVYN Triple Action1. Breathable Top Film6

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

It also in the prevention of fluid and bacterial strikethrough and provides an effective barrier to bacteria and minimizes the risk of cross contamination.8

2. Highly Absorbent Foam Core5

The hydrocellular foam core is highly absorbent, providing absorption capacity for up to 7 days.5

3. Non-Adherent Wound Contact Layer4,5

The wound contact layer has a non-sensitizing adhesive,3 which adheres well to intact skin, is non-adherent to the wound and has a proven low risk of skin irritation.

The unique triple layer technology effectively manages exudate, helping to ensure that the wound is kept at optimum moisture levels to maintain a moist wound enivronment.1 It does this by:

  1. Transpiring enough fluid to keep the dressing comfortable and conformable.1
  2. Retaining enough fluid to keep a healthily moist wound environment.1
  3. Absorbing enough fluid to remove unwanted exudate and cellular debris.1,10

 

References

  1. The composite structure of ALLEVYN Adhesive allows a moist wound environment to be maintained at the wound surface. The moisture is held in the open pores in the foam. As the dressing become saturated and the moisture reaches the backing film the excess moisture is removed through this layer. (Product Claim Sheet)
  2. K Harding et al. A cost effectiveness study using ALLEVYN dressings. Smith & Nephew Healthcare
  3. A human repeat insult patch test with adhesive materials. Inveresk Research International. Report No 3524. June 1986
  4. R Avanzi, R Martinelli, S Accardi, C Giraudi, P Peroli, S Rowan et al. Adhesive hydrocellular dressing vs hydrocolloid dressing in the treatment of 2nd and 3rd degree pressure ulcers. 
  5. S Bale, D Squires, T Varnon, A Walker, M Benbow, KG Harding. A comparison of two dressings in pressure sore management. J Wound Care 1997; 6(10): 463 – 466
  6. D Foster and A Rial. Comparison of the permeability of old ALLEYVN Adhesive and new modified ALLEVYN Adhesive. Data on file report 0601003. February 2006 
  7. R Cassino, E Ricci, A Carusone, A Mercanti. A conformable hydrogel in the debridement of complex necrotic wounds. EWMA; 1997. 
  8. D. Smith. An in vitro assessment of the bacterial barrier properties of ALLEVYN Adhesive. Data on file report 0607022. July 2006 
  9. KG Harding, S Bales. 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.
  10. M. Branagan. Histological demonstration of cellular debris within ALLEVYN dressings. HIS/044: April 1997
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Evidence

With many years of clinical evidence in the form of published clinical studies, case studies and internal clinical evaluations, ALLEVYN has been proven to be successful in healing patients wounds across a wide range of indications, wound shapes, sizes and locations.  

In the table below there is a summary of the key pieces of evidence. Click on the title to view the poster.

Variant Author Title
ALLEVYN Adhesive De Vincentis G et al An adhesive hydrocellular dressing in the treatment of paediatric patients with extensive soft tissue trauma (PDF - 408kb)
ALLEVYN Adhesive Pennekamp J.H.M.J
The TIME model and oncological wounds (PDF - 175kb)
ALLEVYN Adhesive and ALLEYVN Non-Adhesive  Leonard S An evaluation of ALLEVYN Adhesive and Non-Adhesive dressings
ALLEVYN Adhesive Brown A ALLEVYN used to treat a pre-tibial trauma wound in an older person (PDF - 1mb)

 

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Resources

Difficult to dress application poster (PDF - 1Mb)
ALLEVYN Adhesive Technical Information Sheet (PDF - 1 Mb)

ALLEVYN Adhesive application to the leg

ALLEVYN Sacrum application to the sacrum

ALLEVYN Adhesive application to the finger

Removal of ALLEVYN Adhesive dressings

 

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Instructions For Use

How to Apply ALLEVYN Adhesive and ALLEVYN Sacrum

  1. Cleanse wound in accordance with local clinical protocol.
  2. Select an appropriate dressing size. ALLEVYN Adhesive can be cut to dress wounds on the heel, elbows and other awkward areas.
  3. Prepare and clean the skin surrounding the wound area and remove excess moisture. Any excess hair should be clipped to ensure close approximation to the wound. SKIN-PREP wipes may be used prior to application of ALLEVYN Adhesive where fragile skin is involved. 
  4. Remove one of the protector films from ALLEVYN Adhesive and anchor the adhesive side of the dressing to the skin.
  5. Remove the remaining protector film and smooth the dressing over the remainder of the wound without stretching, ensuring there are no creases. The pad area of the dressing must be adhered across the entire surface of the wound.
  6. If the dressing has been cut, ensure any exposed foam areas are covered with an appropriate film dressing taking care not to cover the entire dressing.
  7. When positioning ALLEVYN Adhesive Sacrum, place the narrow end of the dressing a minimum of ¾ inches (2cm) above the anal sphincter, then smooth the dressing over the sacrum.
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Frequency of Change

During the early stages of wound management ALLEVYN Adhesive should be inspected according to local clinical protocol. Where the product is used on infected wounds the infection should be inspected and treated as per local clinical protocol.

Dressings can be left in place for up to 7 days depending on the condition of the wound and the surrounding skin or until exudate is visible and approaches to within 3/16 inches (0.5cm) of the edge of the dressing pad, whichever is sooner. Local clinical protocols should also be taken into consideration. 

ALLEVYN When to Change 1

 
 No need to change 
 

 
ALLEVYN When to Change 1

 
 No need to change 
 

 
ALLEVYN When to Change 1

 
 Exudate within 0.5cm of the edge of the pad requires changing

 

If dressings are applied to the sacral area, they may be left in place for up to 5 days. However, due to the increased potential for contamination and infection in this area, increased monitoring of dressing adherence may be required as per local clinical protocols.

Clinical assessment and local protocols should determine when the dressing should be changed.

 

Dressing Removal

To remove ALLEVYN Adhesive, lift one edge of the dressing and slowly peel back until completely removed from the wound. Sacral dressings should be removed from the top edge and down towards the anus to minimize the potential for fecal contamination.

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