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Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Reducing the burden of pressure ulcers

Pressure ulcers can be costly and impact patient quality of life… yet are often preventable1

Pressure ulcer incidence continues to be reported in at-risk patient populations2. International guidelines recommend the prophylactic use of dressings to prevent pressure ulcers in addition to standard preventive care3.

Consider applying a polyurethane foam dressing to bony prominences, such as the heel and sacrum, for the prevention of pressure ulcers in anatomical areas frequently subjected to friction and shear3.

 

ALLEVYN LIFE dressings can help improve outcomes and save money

Helping you get CLOSER TO ZERO pressure ulcer incidence

In an independent randomised controlled trial, ALLEVYN LIFE dressings reduced sacral pressure ulcers by 71% in elderly hip fracture patients and showed a cost saving of 69% per patient – compared to using standard preventive care alone4,5.

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ALLEVYN LIFE – an innovative, multi-layered dressing

ALLEVYN LIFE is an all-in-one dressing suitable for use in wound management and pressure ulcer prevention.

  ALLEVYN LIFE dressings stay in place for up to 7 days, which may reduce the frequency of dressing changes*6.
  ALLEVYN LIFE has a wide silicone border which can be lifted and repositioned which may help facilitate regular skin inspections, the dressing stays in place without the need for secondary retention7. The multi-layer dressing construction redistributes pressure across and through the dressing**8.

 

Evidence and support for the use of ALLEVYN LIFE dressings as part of a pressure ulcer prevention protocol is growing.

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ALLEVYNGentle Border in pressure ulcer prevention, including those caused by medical devices***

Pressure ulcers related to the use of medical devices, are becoming increasingly prevalent9. ALLEVYN Gentle Border dressings can contribute to a comprehensive prevention program to prevent pressure ulcers10, including those caused by medical devices

ALLEVYN Gentle Border foam dressings have a triple-layer design.  These versatile dressings can be used on in intact skin and cut to size11 adding further flexibility.  ALLEVYN Gentle Border can be lifted and repositioned without losing its adherent properties12, making them ideal when considering dressings for body areas in contact with medical devices, tubing and fixators.

The ALLEVYN range - for individual patient needs

With a wide range of shapes and sizes, ALLEVYN dressings are designed to conform to the body7,13,14 helping to enable patient comfort during wear15.

 

*as demonstrated by volunteers.
**in vitro.
***as part of a pressure ulcer prevention protocol.

 

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Image referencing

I. Data on File Report GMCA-DOF/08. Product Performance of Next Generation ALLEVYN LIFE. April 2016.
II. Data on File report DS/16/061R. Subjective comparison of masking ability of ALLEVYN LIFE Gen2. February 2016
III. Data on File report DS/15/025/R. Physical testing ALLEVYN LIFE Gen2. May 2016
IV. Data on File report DS/14/303/R. Wound model testing of ALLEVYN LIFE Gen2 using horse serum. April 2016
V. Smith & Nephew Data on File DS/16/461/Rv3. ALLEVYN Gentle Border - Physical Evaluation. April 2017
VI. Smith & Nephew Data on File DS/16/462/Rv3 ALLEVYN Gentle Border Heel - Physical Evaluation. April 2017
VII. Hurd T, Gregory L, Jones A, and Brown S. A multi-centre, in market evaluation of ALLEVYN Gentle Border. Wounds UK. 2009; 5: 32-44

 

References

1) Lindholm C, Searle R. Wound Management for the 21st Century: Combining Effectiveness and Efficiency. Int. Wound J. 2016; 13 suppl.2:5-15.
2) Balzer K, Kottner J. Editorial: Evidence-based practices in pressure ulcer prevention: Lost in implementation? Int. J of Nursing Studies. 2015; 52 (11) 2618:1655-1658.
3) National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline. Emily Haesler (Ed.) Cambridge Media: Osborne Park, Western Australia; 2014.
4) Forni C, D’Alessandro F, Gallerani P, et al. Effectiveness of using a new poly-urethane foam multi-layer dressing in the sacral area to prevent the onset of pressure ulcer in the elderly with hip fractures: A pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Int Wound J. 2018; 15(3):383-390.
5) Forni C, Searle R. Economic evaluation of the use of a multi-layer polyurethane foam dressing for the prevention of pressure ulcers in elderly patients with hip fractures. Poster presented at EPUAP annual meeting, September 2018.
6) Data on file report HVT080. ALLEVYN™ Life vs MepilexTM Border – Product Retention Performance Testing. September 2018
7) Data on file report GMCA-DOF/08. Product performance of the next generation ALLEVYN™ LIFE. April 2016
8) Data on file report DS/18/351R. Pressure transmission testing of ALLEVYN™ LIFE when wet and dry, MepilexTM Border and OptifoamTM Gentle. September 2018
9) Fletcher J. Device related pressure ulcers. Wounds UK. 2012; 8(2):1-4
10) Byrne J, Nichols P, Sroczynski M, et al. Prophylactic Sacral Dressing for Pressure Ulcer Prevention in High-Risk Patients. Am J. of Crit Care.2016; 25 (3): 228-235
11) Data on File Report DS/14/318/R - Cutting of Allevyn Variants. January 2015
12) Data on File Report GMCA-DOF/04. ALLEVYN Gentle Border dressings assessment in terms of retention on thighs. December 2015
13) Data on File GMCA-DOF-09: An open, prospective, randomised, comparative study to compare the performance of ALLEVYN Gentle Border Multisite with an alternative silicone adhesive dressing. April 2017
14) Data on File GMCA-DOF-10 An open, prospective, randomised, comparative volunteer trial to compare the performance of silicone adhesive dressings. April 2017
15) Hurd T, Gregory L, Jones A, and Brown S. A multi-centre, in market evaluation of ALLEVYN Gentle Border. Wounds UK. 2009; 5: 32-44

Ordering information

ALLEVYN LIFE ordering information
 

 

 

ALLEVYN Gentle Border ordering information

 
 

SECURA can contribute to pressure ulcer reduction as part of a wider care plan1,2


Need assistance?

For further information on pressure ulcer prevention or dressing choice, or to request samples of ALLEVYN LIFE, contact us

 

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References

1)National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline. Emily Haesler (Ed.) Cambridge Media: Osborne Park, Western Australia; 2014.
2) Satterwhite J, et al. A patient safety goal: Preventing the incidence of pressure ulcers in the hospitalized patient resulting in a positive outcome and a reduction in associated costs, 2006.

RCT demonstrates a
71% reduction in the onset of sacral pressure ulcers when adding
ALLEVYN LIFE to standard preventative protocol

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