Features of Allevyn Foam Dressing
- Low allergy adhesive helps keep the dressing securely in place without adhering to the wound
- Highly breathable top film minimizes the risk of maceration to the wound and peri-wound
- Allevyn Foam Dressing provides an effective barrier function to exogenous bacteria as well as help prevent fluid and bacterial strike-through
- Contains latex
- Conforms to body contours and is very comfortable for patients
- Can be cut to fit awkward areas such as elbows and heels
When to use Allevyn Adhesive Foam Dressing?
- Full and partial thickness wounds such as pressure ulcers, leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers
- Shallow, granulating wounds
- Chronic and acute exudative wounds
- Malignant wounds
- Infected wounds
- Surgical wounds
- First and second-degree burns
- Donor sites
- Fungating wounds
Allevyn Wound Dressing 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 film.
- Breathable Top Film: Outer polyurethane top film switches to become more breathable in the presence of exudate. It also helps to prevent strike-through and provides an effective barrier to bacteria and minimizes the risk of cross-contamination.
- Highly Absorbent Foam Core: Hydrocellular foam core is highly absorbent, providing absorption capacity for up to 7 days
- Non-Adherent Wound Contact Layer: Wound contact layer has a low allergy based adhesive, which adheres well to the 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 and ensures that the wound is kept at optimum moisture levels to support moist wound healing. It does this by:
- Transpiring enough fluid to keep the dressing conformable and comfortable
- Retaining enough fluid to keep a healthily moist wound environment
- Absorbing enough fluid to remove unwanted exudate and cellular debris
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How to apply Allevyn Foam Adhesive Wound Dressing?
- Cleanse wound in accordance with the local clinical protocol
- Select an appropriate allevyn adhesive dressing size. This foam dressing can be cut to dress wounds on the heel, elbows and other awkward areas.
- Prepare and clean the skin surrounding the wound area and remove excess moisture. Any excess hair should be clipped to ensure close approximation to the wound. Skin-Prep wipes may be used prior to application of Allevyn Adhesive where the fragile skin is involved.
- Remove one of the protector films from Allevyn Foam dressing and anchor the adhesive side of the dressing to the skin
- Remove the remaining protector film and smooth the dressing over the remainder of the wound without stretching, ensuring there are no creases. The pad area of the dressing must be adhered across the entire surface of the wound.
- If the dressing has been cut ensure any exposed foam areas are covered with an appropriate film dressing taking care not to cover the entire Allevyn Foam Dressing.
- When positioning Allevyn Foam Adhesive Sacrum, place the narrow end of the dressing a minimum of 2cm (3/4in.) above the anal sphincter, then smooth the dressing over the sacrum.
When to change Allevyn Adhesive Foam Wound Dressing?
Dressings can be left in place for up to 7 days depending on the condition of the wound and the surrounding skin or until exudate is visible and approaches to within 2cm or 3/16in. of the edge of the dressing pad, whichever is sooner. Local clinical protocols should also be taken into consideration.
No need to change
No need to change
Exudate within 2cm of the edge of the pad requires changing
Note: If dressings are applied to the sacral area, they may be left in place for up to 5 days, however, due to the increased potential for contamination and infection in this area, increased monitoring of dressing adherence may be required as per local clinical protocols. The decision of when to change should be dependent upon clinical assessment and local protocols should also be taken into consideration.
How to remove Allevyn Adhesive Foam Bandage?
To remove this dressing, lift one corner of the allevyn adhesive dressing and slowly peel back until completely removed from the wound. Sacral dressings should be removed from the top edge and down towards the anus to minimise the potential for faecal contamination.
Smith and Nephew Allevyn Foam Adhesive Dressing User Guide
- Do not use this dressing 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
- If reddening or sensitisation occurs discontinue use
- It is a single use product
- In common with all adhesive products, some cases of irritation and/or maceration of the skin surrounding the wound have been reported
- Infrequently cases of sensitivity to the dressing have been reported
- It should be noted that inappropriate use or too frequent dressing changes, particularly on patients with fragile skin, can result in skin stripping
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