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Easing the burden of chronic wounds

Discover how using ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings and the One more day approach may help improve efficiency, quality of care, and improved patient satisfaction1-7 

Demand for wound care is increasing, alongside growing expectations and cost constraints,8,9 with unnecessary dressing changes and visits potentially having a significant impact on risks and efficiencies.1,10

It’s time to rethink community wound care.


Understanding the challenge

Wound care accounts for 2-4% of total healthcare expenditure in Europe, costing a mean €6,000 to €10,000 per patient with wounds each year.11 Efficiencies are needed.


How to address the cost of chronic wound care

Optimal dressing choice and the avoidance of unnecessary dressing changes may help:

- Improve patient experience12
- Enable undisturbed healing and reduce the risk of wound infection12
- Alleviate pressures on nursing time12

However, improving efficiencies depends on three key areas:


Time to try ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings for one more day

The One more day approach has been developed for patients who could benefit from a little more wear time and excellent exudate management;13 or who might not need to see their nurse as often.


Supported by real-world clinical evidence

Clinical data, based on practical use of ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings, continues to demonstrate the potential to drive clinical and economic efficiencies.

1.48 fewer dressing changes per week, with a 58.7% saving in mean weekly dressing costs…and improved patient satisfaction.*7
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64.4% reduction in mean dressing costs per patient, with a 79.6% reduction in the mean number of dressings used per patient per week.**1
Read a study about implementing ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings 

Rated better than previous dressings by over 90% of clinicians, with reductions to weekly dressing changes and mean costs.***5
Read about introducing ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings in a community setting

Introducing ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings released 397 hours per week in a study, with a 67.9% increase in wear time. ****6
Read about the potential positive impact on wellbeing


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 Reasons to switch to ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings

Maintain exudate management and comfort – ALLEVYN LIFE dressings with EXULOCK Advanced Lock-in technology provide effective exudate management,6 and high levels of patient comfort and confidence.*3,4

Promote patient self-care – The EXUMASK Change Indicator helps patients and carers take ownership of wounds,3 whilst simultaneously providing good/high patient satisfaction through fewer dressing changes.1,4,5

Balance caseloads and budgets – ALLEVYN LIFE dressings can be worn almost twice as long as standard foam dressings, and are proven to help reduce the cost of dressings and visits.**1

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Identifying suitable patients

The One more day toolkit is suitable for patients who meet the following criteria:


How ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings work


Need help?

For further information and guidance on ALLEVYN Foam Dressings and the One more day toolkit, please contact us.

Helping you get CLOSER TO ZERO human and economic consequence of wounds.1

For detailed product information, including indications for use, contraindications, effects, precautions, warnings, and important safety information, please consult product’s Instructions for Use (IFU) prior to use.


*Compared to previous dressings. Ambispective (retrospective and prospective) observational study. 1.66 ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings vs 3.14 previous dressings (foams or gelling fibres); n=94; p<0.001). €11.46 ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings vs €27.75 previous dressings (foams or gelling fibres); n=94; p<0.001).
**Compared to previous dressings. n=37. Dressing retention is 1.92x longer. Cost efficiencies demonstrated when used with appropriate training, education, and promotion of practice change.
****n=38. Time saving based on previous dressing, estimated for 169 patients requiring ≥3 visits per week.
*****Based on a product evaluation.

1. Joy H, Bielby A, Searle R. A collaborative project to enhance efficiency through dressing change practice. J Wound Care. 2015 Jul;24(7):312, 314-7.
2. Smith & Nephew 2018. An Open, Prospective, Randomised Volunteer Trial to Compare the Product Performance of Next Generation ALLEVYN Life with Mepilex Border and Current ALLEVYN Life. Internal Report. HVT080A 970A.
3. Simon D, Bielby A. A structured collaborative approach to appraise the clinical performance of a new product. Wounds UK. 2014;10(3):80-87.
4. Rossington A, Drysdale, K., and Winter, R.,.Clinical performance and positive impact on patient wellbeing of ALLEVYN Life. Wounds UK. 2013;9(4):91-95.
5. Krönert GT, Roth, H., and Searle, R.,.Efficiency in wound care: The impact of introducing a new foam dressing in community practice. EWMA Journal. 2016;16(2):7-12.
6. Stephen-Haynes JB, A., and Searle, R., .The clinical performance of a silicone foam in an NHS community trust. Journal of Community Nursing. 2013;27(5):50-59.
7. Tiscar-Gonzalez V, Rodriguez MJM, Rabadan Sainz C, et al. Clinical and economic impact of wound care using a polyurethane foam
multi-layer dressing versus standard dressings on delayed healing ulcers. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2021;34(1):23–30.
8. Milne J, Searle R, Styche T. The characteristics and impact of hard-to-heal wounds: results of a standardised survey. J Wound Care. 2020;29(5):282-288.
9. Lindholm C, Searle R. Wound management for the 21st century: combining effectiveness and efficiency. Int Wound J. 2016;13 Suppl 2:5-15.
10. Smith & Nephew Wound Management Clinical Report UKI-CP-PDTK-2013-DCF/RFC-1-5-14 May 2014. In-practice dressing change frequencies and reason for dressing change 2013 Community Practice Development Tool Kit (PDTK) survey data analysis.
11. International Best Practice Statement: Optimising patient involvement in wound management. Wounds International. 2016. Available at: Accessed Sep 2020.
12. Blackburn J, Stephenson J, Atkin L, Southern T, Ousey K. Exploring and understanding challenges in clinical practice: appropriate dressing wear time. Wounds UK. 2018;14(5):56-64.
13. Smith & Nephew May 2016 2016. New ALLEVYN Life Gen2 wcl - Physical Testing. Internal Report. DS/15/025/R.

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Try ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings for one more day, to help limit unnecessary patient visits and dressing changes.

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