Allevyn Life Foam Dressing

Brand/Manufacturer: SMITH & NEPHEW
Item # Desc Pkg Price
66801067 Small, 4" x 4" $0.23
66801067 Small, 4" x 4" $2.20
66801067 Small, 4" x 4", Value Pack $22.00
66801068 Medium, 5.06" x 5.06" $0.28
66801068 Medium, 5.06" x 5.06" $2.65
66801068 Medium, 5-3/4" x 5-3/4", Value Pack $26.30
66801069 Large, 6.06" x 6.06" $0.40
66801069 Large, 6.06" x 6.06" $3.70
66801069 Large, 6-1/6" x 6-1/6", Value Pack $36.00
66801070 X-Large, 8.25" x 8.25" $1.20
66801070 X-Large, 8.25" x 8.25" $11.95

Allevyn Life Foam Dressing has a multi-layered design that is helpful for people and their everyday life. The cushioning layer provides the maximum protection and the masking layer minimizes the visual impact of strikethrough. The change indicator available optimizes the dressing change frequency that in turn helps minimize the waste. Unique quadrilobed shape of Allevyn Life with a wide border is designed to fit the contours of human body securely and allow the patients to shower. Allevyn Life dressings also provide peace of mind, leakage prevention, and common wound odor absorption.

Allevyn Life Foam Dressing Highlights

  • Unique quadrilobe shape 
  • Excellent fluid locking 
  • Multi-layered design 
  • Change indicator

Smith and Nephew Allevyn Life Dressing Features

Multi-Layer Design:

Allevyn Dressings with multi-layered design incorporates silicone adhesive, hydrocellular foam, hyper-absorber lock away core, protective masking layer and breathing film. Designed to redistribute pressure, these dressings are a cost effective solution to complement the pressure ulcer prevention program. Silicone wound contact layer helps minimize trauma to the wound and pain to the patient during dressing changes and also allows the dressing to be repositioned.

        Multi-Layer Design

Pressure Redistribution:

The unique multi-layer design helps redistribute pressure more evenly than traditional foam dressings. In addition, the quadrilobed shape with wide border helps ensure that the dressing stays in place.
A pressure redistribution comparison study measured the pressure transferred through the dressings when the pressure was applied to the dressing surface, using a probe. 1000mmHg was applied to both the dressings.
Following was seen:


Allevyn Life Sacrum:

Allevyn Life Sacrum Dressings possess a tail that is specifically designed to fit the sacral area, particularly around the cleft to help overcome common problems like dressing tenting. The Sacrum dressing was designed following the observational ethnographic research with patients and clinicians who have experience in managing sacral wounds.
Allevyn Life Sacrum Dressing shows when they need to be changed. The change indicator and discretion layers are exclusive to Allevyn Life Foam Dressings. Together they help reduce the visibility of unsightly exudate strikethrough and show when the dressings need to be changed, reducing unnecessary dressing changes.
Allevyn Life Sacrum Foam Dressings can be left in place for up to 5 days. Dressings should be changed as per the condition of the wound and surrounding skin or when exudate covers more than 50% - 75% of the change indicator.


Benefits of Allevyn Life Dressing

  • Discretion Layer for Patient Confidence: Discretion minimizes the visual impact of strikethrough, giving patients the confidence that the dressing may not attract the negative attention of others. Masking layer acts as a change indicator that optimizes dressing change frequency and minimizes waste.
  • Lock-away Layer Providing Peace of Mind: Allevyn Life dressing has a hyper-absorbent lock away core that provides excellent fluid locking under pressure. It absorbs common wound odors when tested on the representative compounds and provides the patient with peace of mind from leakage prevention.
  • Cushioning Layer for Maximum Protection: Multi-layered design (hydrocellular foam, hyper-absorbent lock away core and masking layer) provides cushioning and helps to redistribute pressure. Patients feel comfortable as they are cushioned against everyday trauma.

When to use Allevyn Life Foam Dressing?

  • Shallow, granulating wounds
  • Chronic and acute exudative wounds
  • Full- and partial-thickness wounds
  • Pressure ulcers, leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers
  • Infected wounds
  • Malignant wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • First and second-degree burns
  • Donor sites
  • Skin tears
  • Fungating ulcers

What led to the innovation of Allevyn Life Dressing?

  • Leakage, visible strikethrough, and odor can be embarrassing and stigmatizing
  • Poor cushioning from knocks and bumps can cause fear and pain
  • Dressings that do not stay in place and fall off are highly frustrating
  • Frequent dressing changes and slow wound healing cause anxiety
This inspired the development of Allevyn Life, which is a multi-layered dressing incorporating hydrocellular foam, a hyper-absorbent lock away core and a masking layer designed specifically for people and their everyday life.

What is Allevyn Life?

Complete wound care means far more than just physical healing, particularly to patients living with their wounds 24/7. Allevyn is the dressing that has stood by it and worked backward from the human body, transpiring just the right amount to keep each wound at the optimum moisture levels. 96% of patients assessed Allevyn Life as a comfortable dressing during wear.

How long can Allevyn stay on?

In-vitro studies and clinical experience demonstrate that Allevyn Life dressings can stay in place for up to seven days. This capacity results from a combination of properties. The perforated wound contact layer allows even viscous exudate to pass into the dressing.

What to buy with Alleyn Life Foam Dressing


How to Apply Allevyn Life Silicone Gel Dressing?

  • Cleanse the wound according to local protocols
  • Select an appropriate dressing size
  • Prepare and clean the skin surrounding the wound area by removing excess moisture. Any excess hair should be clipped to ensure close approximation to the wound.
  • Remove one of the protector materials from Allevyn Life and anchor the adhesive side of the dressing to the skin. Smooth the dressing over the wound ensuring there are no creases. When positioning Allevyn Life Sacrum dressings, place the narrow end of the dressing a minimum of 3/4 of an inch (2cm) above the anal sphincter, then smooth the dressing over the sacrum.
  • Remove the remaining protector material and smooth the dressing over the remainder of the wound without stretching the dressing. Only the pad area of the dressing must adhere to the entire surface of the wound.
  • Allevyn Life can be used to dress awkward wounds such as heels and elbows, the dressing corner lobes can be overlapped when positioning the dressing, ensuring no creasing or stretching occurs to the dressing

When to change Allevyn Foam Dressing?

  • Dressings can be left in place for up to 7 days, except the sacral area
  • Dressings in the sacral area can be left in place for up to 5 days, depending on the condition of the wound and the surrounding skin, or until exudate covers more than 50% of the absorbent pad outside of the central screen
  • The above is guidance and the decision of when to change should follow local clinical protocols
  • Due to the increased potential for contamination and infection in the sacral area, increased monitoring of dressing adherence may be required as per local clinical protocols

Allevyn Life Wound Dressing Removal

  • To remove the dressing, lift the edge of the dressing and slowly peel back until completely removed from the wound
  • Sacrum Dressings should be removed from the top edge down towards the anus to minimize the potential for fecal contamination

Allevyn Life Sizes

CodeSize (inch)Size (cm)Pad Size
668010674" x 4"10.3cm x 10.3cm2" x 2" (5.1cm x 5.1cm)
668010685.06" x 5.06"12.9cm x 12.9cm3" x 3" (7.6cm x 7.6cm)
668010696.06" x 6.06"15.4cm x 15.4cm4" x 4" (10.2cm x 10.2cm)
668010708.25" x 8.25"21cm x 21cm6" x 6" (15.4cm x 15.4cm)

Allevyn Foam Dressing Reviews


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Bella     02/01/2017

Can Allevyn Life dressing be used more than once?


Customer Care    02/02/2017

No, Allevyn Life Silicone Gel Adhesive Hydrocellular Foam Dressing is a single use product. If used on more than one patient, cross contamination or infection may occur. Opening the dressing pouch compromises the sterile barrier; therefore any unused dressing should not be retained for application at a later date.



Dickson     02/01/2017

How should I store Allevyn Life dressing?


Customer Care    02/02/2017

Smith & Nephew Allevyn Life Silicone Gel Adhesive Composite Hydrocellular Foam Dressing should be stored in a dry place below 77degree F/ 25degree C, away from the sunlight.



Ed fry     11/27/2016

Tried to order no response


Customer Care    12/06/2016

Simply add to cart and fill the quantity you wish to order. Click on update cart following continue shopping. This will simply place an order. Hope this helps.



Linda     03/16/2016

What about applying a steroid ointment before applying dressing?


Customer Care    03/17/2016

Generally the wound should be cleanse accordance with normal procedures before using this dressing. Do not use ALLEVYN Life 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. Do not cut the dressing as internal dressing components may contaminate the wound leading to delayed healing. The bacterial properties of the dressing will also be compromised which may lead to infection.



Bob     09/12/2015

Is this waterproof?


Customer Service    09/12/2015

Thank you for reaching out to us.
This dressing has a highly permeable waterproof/showerproof outer film. They can even be worn in the shower and still maintain their long wear time rating.



Dale     09/12/2015

When to change the dressing?


Customer Service    09/12/2015

Thank you for reaching out to us. 

Dressings can be left in place undisturbed for up to 7 days, except the sacral area where dressings can be left in place for up to 5 days, depending on the condition of the wound and the surrounding skin, or until exudate covers more than 50% of the absorbent pad outside of the central screen. 

 The decision of when to change should be dependent upon clinical assessment and local protocols should also be taken into consideration. If dressings are applied to the sacral area, 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.


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  2. Outbound shipping cost is non-refundable.
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