Features of Allevyn Gentle Border Lite Foam Dressing
- 2mm foam core ensures excellent flexibility so the dressing molds to the body, even on awkward areas, providing a comfortable fit for patients
- Showerproof dressing allows patients to shower with the dressing in place, helping to improve their quality of life
- Allevyn Dressing is easy to apply and remove – the dressing can be lifted and repositioned without losing adhesion
- Bacterial barrier helps to minimize the risk of infection from external contaminants
- Allevyn Dressing helps to prevent pressure ulcers from forming under medical respiratory devices
- With its thin foam core, it fits easily under cannulas, tubing and mask
- Up to 7 day wear time
When to Use Allevyn Gentle Border Dressing?
- Chronic and acute exudative wounds, Surgical wounds
- Shallow, granulating wounds, Malignant wounds
- Full- and partial-thickness wounds such as pressure ulcers, leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers
- First and second-degree burns, Epidermolysis Bullosa wounds
- Donor sites, Skin tears, Fungating ulcers, Oncological 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
What to buy with Allevyn Foam Dressing
How to use Allevyn Gentle Border Dressing?
- Cleanse the wound in accordance with local protocols.
- Select appropriate allevyn gentle border dressing size. Allevyn Gentle Border Lite can be cut to dress wounds on the heel, elbows and other awkward areas. Always use a clean technique when cutting the dressing.
- 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.
- Remove one of the protector films from Allevyn Gentle Border Lite 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. Allevyn Gentle Border Lite can be lifted and repositioned without losing its adherent properties.
- 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 dressing.
When to change Allevyn Gentle Border 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 1.5cm of the edge of the dressing pad, whichever is sooner.
No need to change
No need to change
Exudate within 1.5cm of the edge of the pad requires changing
Note: If allevyn gentle border 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 Smith and Nephew Allevyn Hydrocellular Foam Dressings
To remove Allevyn Gentle Border Lite Dressings, lift one corner of the dressing and slowly peel back until completely removed from the wound.
- Do not use Allevyn Gentle Border Lite Dressings with oxidizing 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 sensitization occur, discontinue use
Allevyn Gentle Border Lite Foam Dressing Product Brochure
Allevyn Gentle Border Foam Dressing FAQ
1. What's a foam dressing?
Foam dressings are very adaptable and supply a cushioning effect, making them suitable for bony prominences or areas of increased friction. It would help if you used foam dressing because they help keep the wound moist and handle moderate-to-heavy exudate.
2. How often should you change an Allevyn Foam Dressing?
Replace the Allevyn Foam Dressing every 3 to 7 days or as needed. Add an extra wound dressing to secure non-adhesive foam.
3. What are Foam Dressings made of?
Foam dressings came around approximately 25 years ago. They are made of polyurethane, and provide a soft, absorbent dressing for granulating wounds of varying aetiologies and sizes.
4. Do wounds heal faster covered or uncovered?
According to a few studies, blood vessels repair quicker when wounds are kept wet and covered, and the number of cells that produce inflammation decreases faster than when wounds are left open. An injury should be kept wet and covered for at least five days.