Smith & Nephew announces data from ALLEVYN LIFE trial
Smith & Nephew announces the publication of a randomised controlled trial demonstrating that the addition of ALLEVYN LIFE, Smith & Nephew's leading multi-layer silicone adhesive foam dressing, to a standard care protocol significantly reduces the onset of pressure ulcers by 71% in elderly patients admitted to hospital for hip fracture. Published in the International Wound Journal, the RCT charts the experience of 359 fragile hip fracture patients aged 65 or over. These patients were randomly divided into two groups, with some receiving standard care and others receiving standard care with the addition of an ALLEVYN LIFE dressing applied to the sacrum. 15.4% of patients receiving standard care developed a pressure ulcer as opposed to only 4.5% of the group who received the same care with the addition of ALLEVYN LIFE resulting in a 71% reduction in pressure ulcer incidence. This new study adds to the growing body of evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of ALLEVYN LIFE in multi-component pressure ulcer prevention programmes1-5. Prophylactic dressings do not negate the need for thorough and regular skin assessment and should be used as part of a comprehensive pressure ulcer prevention protocol. ALLEVYN LIFE has been designed following observational ethnographic research with patients and clinicians to address unmet needs in wound management. The dressing has a five layer design incorporating a breathable top layer, hydrocellular foam, hyper-absorbent lock away core, masking layer, silicone gel adhesive layer and wide border. ALLEVYN LIFE Sacrum has a unique tail designed specifically for wounds in the sacral area and fits around the cleft, to help overcome common problems such as the dressing tenting.