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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 to ensure optimal fluid handling to support moist wound healing1. ALLEVYN Adhesive is an economically-efficient2 dressing specifically designed to manage chronic or acute exuding wounds.

  • The unique triple action technology helps to maintain an optimal balance in fluid creating a moist wound environment for healing1
  • The low allergy adhesive3 helps to keep the dressing securely in place without adhering to the wound4,5
  • The highly breathable top film helps to minimise the risk of maceration to the wound and peri-wound6,7
  • 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.

Also Available in Ag 

Click here for more information on the ALLEVYN Ag range.

ALLEYVN Adhesive dressings are indicated 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

 

ALLEVYN Adhesive Size and Ordering Information

Size
 S&N Code
CartonNHS CodePIP Code
7.5cm x 7.5cm
66150043
10
ELA020 220-6720
10cm x 10cm
66000599
10
ELA113 290-9091
12.5cm x 12.5cm
66150044
10
ELA024 220-6738
17.5cm x 17.5cm
66150045
10
ELA022 220-6746
22.5cm x 22.5cm
66150046
10
ELA018 220-6753
12.5cm x 22.5cm
66000744
10
ELA046 220-6889
17cm x 17cm Sacrum 66000700 10 ELS046 273-4604
22cm x 22cm Sacrum
66000451
10
ELA099 260-1672

ALLEVYN Ag Adhesive Size and Ordering Information

Size
 S&N CodeCartonNHS CodePIP Code
7.5cm x 7.5cm
66800073
10
ELA344
333-1352
10cm x 10cm 66800075
10 ELA345 333-1147
12.5cm x 12.5cm 66800078
10
ELA347
333-1154
17.5cm x 17.5cm
66800081
10 ELA350
333-1162
17cm x 17cm Sacrum 66800094 10 ELA349 333-1295
22cm x 22cm Sacrum
66800097
10
ELA352
333-1394

 

References

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

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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 film5,6.

ALLEVYN Triple Action1. Breathable Top Film6

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

It also helps to prevent strikethrough and provides an effective barrier to bacteria and minimises the risk of cross contamination8.

2. Highly Absorbent Foam Core5

The hydrocellular foam core is highly absorbent, providing absorption capacity for up to 7 days5.

3. Non-Adherent Wound Contact Layer4,5

The wound contact layer has a low allergy based adhesive3, which adheres well to intact skin, will not stick 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 support moist wound healing1. It does this by:

  1. Transpiring enough fluid to keep the dressing comfortable and conformable1.
  2. Retaining enough fluid to keep a healthily moist wound environment1.
  3. Absorbing enough fluid to remove unwanted exudate and cellular debris1,10.

 

References

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

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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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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.

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 layer1-4, an absorbent foam core2,5-8 and a highly breathable top film2,8-11. This technology is designed to create a moist wound healing environment to keep the wound at the optimal moisture level for wound healing12-17.

The ALLEVYN Ag dressings contain the added benefit of silver suphadiazine within the foam pad to provide a sustained18-20 (in-vitro) and effective20,21 (in-vitro) 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 dressings 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)20,21 (in-vitro).

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 effective in preventing and treating infections in burns and other wounds. Please refer to the product leaflet for precautions and contraindications22.

How should ALLEVYN dressings be stored?

ALLEVYN dressings should be stored in a dry place below 25°C / 77°F, 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. 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.
2. Bale S, Squires D et al., A comparison of two dressings in pressure sore management. J Wound Care 1997.
3. Data on File: OR/DOF 017.
4. ALLEVYN Gentle - a 17 day wound healing study in full thickness wounds in minipigs. November 2007.
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. Data on File: 0709060 (in-vitro).
7. Data on File: 0711080 (in-vitro).
8. Data on File: DS/10/100/R1 (in-vitro).
9. Data on File: 0601003 (in-vitro).
10. Data on File: DS/09/013/R2 (in-vitro).
11. 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 (in-vitro).
12. Data on File: 0601004 (in-vitro).
13. Data on File: 0601003 (in-vitro).
14. Technical Justification: AGB007.
15. Data on File: DS/07/187/R1v2 (in-vitro).
16. Data on File: DS/08/043/R1 (in-vitro).
17. Technical Justification AG0011.
18. Data on File: 0703014 (in-vitro).
19. Data on File: 0703003 (in-vitro).
20. Data on File: RR/WMP07330-10-03 (in-vitro).
21. Data on File: 0707052 (in-vitro).
22. Clinical Expert Report, Flamazine, February 2001.

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Patients

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