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ALLEVYN◊ Gentle

Advanced Foam Wound Dressings

ALLEVYN Gentle

Product Information

ALLEVYN Gentle

ALLEVYN Gentle has been designed for when you need some gentle adhesion to give you a helping hand as you apply dressings on delicate areas of the body1. The soft gel adhesive is suitable for use on fragile skin1 and is shown to minimise trauma and pain at dressing changes2.

Utilising the ALLEVYN triple action technology to provide effective fluid management3 ALLEVYN Gentle is also suitable for application under compression bandaging4.

  • Triple action technology provides optimal fluid handling to maintain a moist wound healing environment5,6.
  • Breathable top film helps to minimise the risk of maceration to the wound and peri-wound5,7.
  • Provides an effective barrier preventing bacterial strikethrough8.
  • Soft and comfortable for the patient, the dressing conforms to curves and awkward areas9.
  • The gentle adhesive means the dressing is suitable for use on fragile and delicate skin1.
  • Easy to apply and remove4, the gentle adhesive holds the dressing in place whilst secondary retention is applied4.
  • Suitable for use under compression bandaging1.
  • Suitable for use on patients with Epidermolysis Bullosa10.

Also Available in Ag 

Click here for more information on the ALLEVYN Ag range.

ALLEVYN Gentle 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
  • Skin tears
  • Fungating ulcers

ALLEVYN Gentle Size and Ordering Information

Size
 S&N Code
CartonNHS CodePIP Code
5cm x 5cm
66800247
10
ELA364 334-2136
10cm x 10cm
66800248
10
ELA360 334-2235
10cm x 20cm
66800249
10
ELA365 334-2243
15cm x 15cm
66800250
10
ELA363 334-2276
20cm x 20cm
66800251
10
ELA357 334-2284

ALLEVYN Ag Gentle Size and Ordering Information

Size
 S&N Code
CartonNHS CodePIP Code
5cm x 5cm
66800464
10
ELA393 346-7511
10cm x 10cm
66800465
10
ELA394 346-7529
10cm x 20cm
66800466
10
ELA395 346-7537
15cm x 15cm
66800467
10
ELA396 346-7545
20cm x 20cm
66800468
10
ELA397 346-7552

References

1. Technical Justification AG001, November 2007
2. Technical Justification AG003, November 2007
3. Data on File: 0709060 – Comparison of the fluid handling capacity of ALLEVYN Gentle, ALLEVYN Non Adhesive and other competitor products. L. Tompkins. September 2007 (in-vitro)
4. Data on File 0711086: Results from a 7 day volunteer trial evaluating ALLEVYN Gentle dressings in terms of pain on removal, dressing retention and other physical characteristics. Amy Bond. November 2007
5. Technical Justification AG0011, November 2007
6. Technical Justification AG0013, November 2007
7. Technical Justification AG008, November 2007
8. Smith & Nephew Report Ref: 1010016, Bacterial Barrier Testing (wet-wet) on samples of ALLEVYN Gentle, ALLEVYN Gentle Border dressings with a 7 day test duration against S. Marcescens. Vaughan J., October 2010 (in-vitro)
9. Technical Justification AG009, November 2007
10. Denyer J. Wound management for children with Epidermolysis Bullosa. Dermatol. Clin. (2010) 28(2): 257-64
11. ALLEVYN Gentle; A 17 day wound healing study in full thickness wounds in minipigs, November 2007.
12. Leak K, Jones A and Brown S (2010) Non-comparative in-market evaluation of ALLEVYN Gentle. Wounds UK: 6(1): 41-54

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Technology

Like all ALLEVYN dressings, ALLEVYN Gentle has at its heart a unique three-layer technology that actively manages exudate3. An absorbent hydrocellular pad is held between a soft gel adhesive wound contact layer and a highly permeable waterproof outer film5. This dynamic system ensures that the wound is kept at optimum moisture levels to enable moist wound healing5,6.

ALLEVYN Triple Action1. Breathable Top Film

The outer polyurethane top film switches to become more breathable in the presence of exudate5.

It also helps to prevent strikethrough and provides an effective barrier to bacteria8 and minimises the risk of cross contamination.

2. Highly Absorbent Foam Core

The hydrocellular foam core is highly absorbent3, providing absorption capacity for up to 7 days1.

3. Non-Adherent Wound Contact Layer 

The wound contact layer will not stick to the wound11and the soft gel adhesive provides gentle adhesion to aid application whilst being suitable for fragile skin1.

ALLEVYN Gentle is easy to apply and can be lifted and repositioned during application thanks to its gentle adhesive4. The dressing is designed to minimise pain and trauma to the wound2 with gentle soft-gel adhesive technology meaning it is suitable for delicate and fragile skin1.

 

References

1. Technical Justification AG001, November 2007
2. Technical Justification AG003, November 2007
3. Data on File: 0709060 – Comparison of the fluid handling capacity of ALLEVYN Gentle, ALLEVYN Non Adhesive and other competitor products. L. Tompkins. September 2007 (in-vitro)
4. Data on File 0711086: Results from a 7 day volunteer trial evaluating ALLEVYN Gentle dressings in terms of pain on removal, dressing retention and other physical characteristics. Amy Bond. November 2007
5. Technical Justification AG0011, November 2007
6. Technical Justification AG0013, November 2007
7. Technical Justification AG008, November 2007
8. Smith & Nephew Report Ref: 1010016, Bacterial Barrier Testing (wet-wet) on samples of ALLEVYN Gentle, ALLEVYN Gentle Border dressings with a 7 day test duration against S. Marcescens. Vaughan J., October 2010 (in-vitro)
9. Technical Justification AG009, November 2007
10. Denyer J. Wound management for children with Epidermolysis Bullosa. Dermatol. Clin. (2010) 28(2): 257-64
11. ALLEVYN Gentle; A 17 day wound healing study in full thickness wounds in minipigs, November 2007.
12. Leak K, Jones A and Brown S (2010) Non-comparative in-market evaluation of ALLEVYN Gentle. Wounds UK: 6(1): 41-54

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Evidence

The ALLEVYN range of dressings has over 20 years of heritage and development contributing to its current technology. ALLEVYN Gentle has been widely used and evaluated by many clinicians resulting in clinical evidence and case studies showing how it has benefitted a wide range of patients.

In a clinical evaluation spanning 29 centres, 5 countries and a wide range of care settings and wound types, patients whose wounds were managed with ALLEVYN Gentle saw a significant reduction in wound depth and area as well as a significant decrease in exudate level over the course of the trial (Leak et al, 2010).

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

Variant Author Title
ALLEVYN Gentle Leak K, Jones A and Brown S. (2010) Wounds
UK: 6(1): 41-54
Non-comparative in-market evaluation of ALLEVYN Gentle
ALLEVYN Gentle Villa et al. Case Study: ALLEVYN Gentle Use of ALLEVYN Gentle a foam dressing with soft gel adhesive, in the treatment of an occipital pressure ulcer in a paediatric patient (PDF - 223kb)
ALLEVYN Gentle Butters V. Case Study: ALLEVYN Gentle The use of a soft gel adhesive dressing on patients within a busy podiatry service (PDF - 769kb)

 

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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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