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Wound Care Shared

Accelerating patient involvement in chronic wound care*

As the pandemic shapes a different landscape in community wound care, clinicians face new care delivery and resource challenges. Research outlines fewer home visits and greater use of remote, digital communication tools – with an increased use of alternative treatments to reduce dressing changes – so now comes an opportunity to seize the benefits of patient shared care.1

Wound Care Shared

A recent Wounds International article explains how empowering patients to share their care may help release an estimated 3.5 billion nursing hours globally by 2030.

Read the article, including how we aim to contribute to #WoundCareShared with our dressing technology

A growing focus on shared care

Global research, recently published in Wounds International, explored the value of shared care; highlighting the increasingly important role it could play in the future.1

  •  25% of clinicians reported making fewer home visits1
  • Clinicians estimated that 45% of their patients would benefit from greater involvement in their care1
  • Half of clinicians believed it would enable them to spend more time with other patients1

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Choosing the appropriate solutions for shared care

When asked to describe the most important characteristics of a foam dressing during the pandemic, clinicians cited absorbency, exudate management, wear time and conformability to body contours.1

With a unique change indicator, enhanced wear time** and excellent exudate management,*** ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings may provide an opportunity for patients and carers to become more involved in their care.2-7



Putting ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings into practice

Learn more about the benefits of ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings in community wound care, including (compared to previous dressings used):

  • Improvements to weekly dressing change frequency, resulting in released nursing time8
  • Weekly mean dressing cost savings8
  • Improvements to clinician and patient satisfaction8


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 An evidence-based approach to shared care

Clinical evidence for ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings reinforces their potential as part of an effective shared care protocol.


In adapting to a changing healthcare environment, ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings helped reduce weekly dressing change frequency, resulting in mean weekly dressing cost savings8†

Read a EWMA summary here


A reduction in weekly dressing changes and mean dressing costs, with an improvement in treatment satisfaction for patients and clinicians, compared to previous dressings8†

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*Chronic wounds may be referred to as hard-to-heal wounds in certain countries
**Compared to standard dressings used
***Rated as excellent by ~48% of nurses (n=40)
Compared to previous dressings used


  1. Moore Z, Coggins T. Clinician attitudes to shared-care and perceptions on the current extent of patient engagement in wound care: Results of a clinician survey. Wounds International. 2021;12;48-53.
  2. Joy H, Bielby A, Searle R. A collaborative project to enhance efficiency through dressing change practice. J Wound Care. 2015;24(7):314–317.
  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. Stephen-Haynes J, Bielby A, Searle R. The clinical performance of a silicone foam in an NHS community trust. JCN. 2013;27(5):50–59.
  5. Rossington A, Drysdale K, Winter R. Clinical performance and positive impact on patient wellbeing of ALLEVYN◊ LIFE. Wounds UK. 2013;9(4):91–95.
  6. Smith+Nephew 2016. Wounds Model Testing of New ALLEVYN LIFE Gen 2 wcl Dressing Using Horse Serum at a Flow Rate Modelling that of a Moderately Exuding Wound. DS/14/303/R.
  7. Smith+Nephew February 2016. Subjective comparison of a masking ability of the new ALLEVYN LIFE versus current ALLEVYN LIFE by healthcare professionals. Internal Report. DS/16/061/R.
  8. Tiscar-González V, Rodriguez MJM, Rabadán 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.

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

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The decision to use Smith+Nephew products should be made by a healthcare professional, in line with applicable local protocols. Smith+Nephew products should always be used for the indications set out in the applicable instructions for use.