Smith & Nephew

ALLEVYN

Healing chronic wounds can be a challenging task. They often produce high amounts of exudate and are frequently exposed to potential infection. We’ve designed ALLEVYN? to help you provide your patient with the best path to wound closure.

With its recently expanded dressing family, ALLEVYN? will help you make the best choice of dressing for every patients wound so ensuring maximum patient comfort, minimal pain and rapid wound closure.

Only ALLEVYN? dressings benefit from triple action ALLEVYN? technology to provide peace of mind through the active fluid management system. This system encourages a moist healing environment for faster wound closure and a bacterial barrier through the ALLEVYN? top film.

ALLEVYN the dressing designed for enhanced performance

Improved breathability

Faster fluid uptake

up to 3 times more fluid handling capacity ALLEVYN delivers the optimal moist wound environment for the promotion of wound closure.


Triple-action ALLEVYN technology faciliates faster wound closure because it:

1. Transpires enough fluid to keep the dressing comfortable and conformable

2. Retains enough fluid to keep a healthily moist wound environment

3. Absorbs enough fluid to remove unwanted exudate and cellular debris.

ALLEVYN provides optimal fluid management

ALLEVYN is a hydrocellular wound dressing designed specifically for the management of exuding wounds.

The way ALLEVYN works is why it works. ALLEVYN dressings are comprised of an advanced triple-layered construction, which facilitates wound closure through optimal fluid management.



Exudry Specialised absorbent dressing with unique anti-shear layer

Description: EXU-DRY is a one-piece wound dressing made up of multi-layers.  EXU-DRY’s speciality upper extremities dressings are designed to conform readily and comfortably to the contours of the upper limbs.

EXU-DRY is a highly absorbent rayon / cellulose blend sandwiched with a layer of Anti-shear high density polyethylene, a high density polyethylene outer and a wound contact layer of high density polyethylene.



Features
* Anti-shear Layer
* Highly Absorbent
* Non Adherent
* Permeable
* Non Occlusive
* Compatible with topical agents
Benefits
* EXU-DRY is a unique one-piece wound dressing designed to help reduce pain and trauma, save nursing time and lower total dressing costs.  EXU-DRY replaces multiple layers of gauze and abdominal or surgical pads.
* Non-adherent to the wound, EXU-DRY is more comfortable for patients during and between dressing changes.  EXU-DRY’s Anti-Shear Layer reduces friction and shearing and helps protect the wound.  EXU-DRY’s one-piece multi-layer sealed construction eliminates frayed edges, loose threads and linting.  EXU-DRY will not disturb new granulation tissue thereby supporting the healing process.
* Highly absorbent, EXU-DRY reduces the risk of maceration and irritation to the wound and surrounding tissue.  EXU-DRY wicks away drainage from the wound into the entire dressing, reducing the frequency of dressing changes.
* Non-occlusive, soft and pliable, EXU-DRY is available in a wide range of sizes and shapes to accommodate virtually any wound or body contour.  Because EXU-DRY is permeable and non-occlusive, it can be used as a wet or dry dressing on clean or contaminated wounds.
* EXU-DRY is compatible with most topical agents, liquids and creams.
Indications
Under the care of a healthcare professional, EXU-DRY dressings may be used in the management of superficial to full thickness wounds such as:

*   Ulcers (venous, arterial, diabetic)
*   Pressure sores
*   Donor Sites
*   Surgical incisions and excisions
*   Skin grafts
*   Bio-engineered skin substitutes
*   Burns
*   Draining wounds
*   Moist skin desquamation
*   Fungating neoplasms
*   Chemotherapy extravasation
*   Kaposi’s sarcoma
*   Lymphoedema
*   Graft Vs Host Disease
*   Dermatological wounds
*   Skin sloughing disorders
Contraindications / Precautions
* During the body’s normal healing process, unnecessary material is removed from the wound which will make the wound appear larger after the first few dressing changes.  If the wound continues to get larger after the first few dressing changes, consult an appropriate healthcare professional.
* Should any signs of irritation (redness, swelling, increased burning sensation), maceration (over-hydration of the skin), hyper-granulation (excess tissue) or sensitivity (allergic reactions) appear, discontinue use and consult an appropriate healthcare professional.
* Petroleum jelly based impregnated dressings should not be used with EXU-DRY as this may interfere with its absorbency.


OPSITE

Opsite is a transparent, adhesive film.  The film is moisture vapor permeable, conformable and extensible.  It is widely used to provide a moist wound environment for superficial wounds; it is also ideal for use as a secondary dressing.


Features
* Superior film with acrylic adhesive
* Waterproof film
* Simple, effective application technique
* Adaptable to awkward areas
Benefits
OPSITE? has set the standard in moist wound care by retaining the natural wound exudate. OPSITE? provides moisture vapor permeability allowing excess exudate to evaporate, helping prevent skin maceration.
Superior film with acrylic adhesive
The OPSITE? film is highly extensible and conformable, which combined with its moisture vapor permeability, means the dressing can be left in place for up to 7 days.  This minimizes interference at the wound site and reduces the amount of nursing time required.
Waterproof
OPSITE? is resistant to water and body fluids, allowing the patient to bathe without changing dressings. It also aids in the prevention of bacterial contamination.
Adaptable to Awkward Areas
OPSITE? has been designed to be adaptable for use on all areas of the body.  It can be easily cut into strips or shapes for application to awkward areas such as heels, elbows and knees.
Indications
OPSITE? is indicated for the management of:
* Superficial wounds, such as shallow pressure sores, minor burns, cuts and abrasions.
* Use as a secondary dressing, for example over INTRASITE? Gel Amorphous Hydrogel Dressing or ALLEVYN? Cavity Wound Dressing.
* To provide catheter fixation.
Precautions
OPSITE? may be used on clinically infected wounds if the following precautions are followed:
* The patient should be under medical/clinical supervision
* The dressing should be changed daily
* The patient should be receiving suitable systemic treatment.
Immuno-compromised patients and diabetic patients may require extra supervision.  Care should be taken to avoid skin damage by repeated applications on patients with thin or fragile skin.
In common with all adhesive products, some cases of irritation and/or maceration of the skin surrounding the wound have been reported.  It should be noted that inappropriate use or too frequent dressing changes, particularly in patients with fragile skin, can result in skin stripping.