How to Apply ALLEVYN Adhesive and ALLEVYN Sacrum
- Cleanse wound in accordance with local clinical protocol.
- Select an appropriate dressing size. ALLEVYN Adhesive can be cut to dress wounds on the heel, elbows and other awkward areas.
- 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.
- Remove one of the protector films from ALLEVYN Adhesive and anchor the adhesive side of the dressing to the skin.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
No need to change
No need to change
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.
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.