18 March 2021

Smith+Nephew’s ALLEVYN◊ LIFE Foam Dressings halved change frequency, significantly reduced cost and improved treatment satisfaction in real-world study

Smith+Nephew (NYSE:SNN; LSE:SN), the global medical technology business, is pleased to announce the results of a real-world study from Spain that showed how a switch to ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings helped to significantly reduce dressing change frequency and weekly dressing costs, while improving treatment satisfaction for clinicians and patients in a community setting.*1

At week 4, compared with previous dressings, ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings significantly reduced mean weekly dressing change frequency by 47.1%*1 and mean weekly dressing costs by 58.7%.*1

A majority of healthcare professionals agreed that ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings performed better than previous dressings for the seven assessed characteristics. Patient satisfaction also improved for overall wound care experience, exudate control, and comfort, all despite fewer nursing visits. 1

“Frequency of dressing changes is a key cost driver for nurse time, materials and dressings in wound management, and is becoming even more important with the changes to care delivery we have seen driven by the pandemic.” said Cathy Dalene, Senior Vice President Global Marketing AWM, Smith+Nephew. “As this recent study has shown, ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings with their change indicator, extended wear time, and excellent exudate management can reduce costs and also help encourage patients to become more involved in their care.”

The ambispective observational study was conducted at 24 primary care centres and six nursing homes in Spain. ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings were used as either the primary or secondary dressing for 4 weeks instead of the previous dressings, of which 42% were foam dressings and 21% gelling fibres. 94 patients with 128 wounds were included and most were aged over 70 years. The most common wounds were leg ulcers or pressure ulcers, and 25% of all wounds were >12 months in duration.

ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings with EXULOCK Advanced Lock-in technology provide effective exudate management,2-5 and high levels of patient comfort and confidence.**4,5 The EXUMASK Change Indicator helps patients and carers take ownership of wounds,4 whilst simultaneously providing high patient satisfaction as well as saving time through fewer dressing changes.5,6

To learn more about ALLEVYN LIFE dressings please visit www.smith-nephew.com/onemoreday





Kirsti Harefallet






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** Based on a product evaluation

About Smith+Nephew

Smith+Nephew is a portfolio medical technology business that exists to restore people’s bodies and their self-belief by using technology to take the limits off living. We call this purpose ‘Life Unlimited’. Our 18,000 employees deliver this mission every day, making a difference to patients’ lives through the excellence of our product portfolio, and the invention and application of new technologies across our three global franchises of Orthopaedics, Advanced Wound Management and Sports Medicine & ENT.

Founded in Hull, UK, in 1856, we now operate in more than 100 countries, and generated annual sales of $4.6 billion in 2020. Smith+Nephew is a constituent of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN). The terms ‘Group’ and ‘Smith+Nephew’ are used to refer to Smith & Nephew plc and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context requires otherwise.

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