ALLEVYN Hydrocellular Foam Non-Adhesive Dressing with non-adherent wound contact layer features a highly absorbent central hydrocellular layer and waterproof outer film layer. In-vitro studies and clinical experience both demonstrate that ALLEVYN non-adherent dressings can stay in place for up to seven days.
The capacity results from a combination of properties including a perforated wound contact layer allows even viscous exudate to pass into the dressing, a hydrocellular core of the dressing absorbs and retains liquid in its microscopic structure, and a breathable outer surface of the dressing allows excess moisture to evaporate away from the dressing. The result is the creation of a wound environment, which allows healing to progress.
ALLEVYN dressings have a polyurethane wound contact layer which prevents adherence to a full range of wound types.
The outer, pink layer used on ALLEVY dressings is a breathable film layer. This allows the formation and maintenance of a moist wound environment at the wound surface, which helps prevent eschar formation. The pink film is also waterproof and aids in the prevention of bacterial contamination.
ALLEVYN dressings are non-adhesive and are therefore recommended for wounds surrounded by sensitive skin, such as venous ulcers. The lack of adhesive allows the use of the most suitable retention method, for example, tape onto intact skin, appropriate bandaging or a film dressing such as OPSITE.
ALLEVYN dressings are easy to use and conformable, They can be cut to suit various wound shapes and locations. As ALLEVYN dressings absorb exudate, they may swell slightly, but do not leave debris in the wound. Dressing changes are therefore easier for the nurse and less traumatic for the patient; wound irrigation can be kept to a minimum. The progression of exudate through the dressing is visible through the pink top film.
ALLEVYN dressings are soft and cushioning, providing excellent patient comfort.
ALLEVYN Hydrocellular Foam Dressing is indicated for exudate absorption and the management of partial to full thickness wounds. Some typical wounds are:
-Ulcers (venous, arterial, diabetic)
-Burns (1st and 2nd degree)
They provide the creation and maintenance of a moist wound environment. Moist wound environments have been established as optimal environments for the management of the wound.
They also provide a physical separation between the wound and external environments to assist in preventing bacterial contamination of the wound.
Instructions for Use:
Choose a dressing to leave at least 1/2" margin around the wound. Peel open the paper pouch.
Apply with white non-adherent wound contact layer to the wound.
Tape or bandage in place.
Do not use ALLEVYN dressings with oxidizing agents such as hypochlorite solutions (e.g. Dakins) or hydrogen peroxide, as these can break down the absorbent hydrocellular component of the dressing.
Reddening of the skin around the wound has been reported rarely following the use of ALLEVYN dressings. In some cases this relates to irritation of fragile skin, in others, wound exudate remaining in contact with normal skin for prolonged periods may be the cause.
Infrequently, cases of sensitivity to the dressing have also been reported.
If reddening or sensitization occur, discontinue use and consult a healthcare professional.
ALLEVYN Hydrocellular Foam Dressing is not indicated for use on third degree burns.
Smith & Nephew Part Number: 66027643, 66932101