ALLEVYN LIFE - Designed with the help of patients and clinicians

Involving 850 clinicians and over 50 hours of patient observations and in-depth interviews1, the research told us:

  • Leakage, visible appearance  of fluid and odour can be embarrassing and stigmatising1-3
  • Lack of protection from poor cushioning can cause fear and pain1-3
  • Dressings that don’t stay in place and fall off are highly frustrating and wasteful1-3
  • Frequent dressing changes and slow wound healing cause anxiety1-3

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What makes ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings different?

ALLEVYN Bandage ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings exceed expectations…through their unique key features:

  • Ergonomic shape
  • Visible change indicator
  • Discretion layer
  • Lock away core layer
  • Protective layer

These differentiating core design features contribute to improvements in patient wellbeing1, clinician satisfaction4,5 and improved resource and cost savings5-8.

How it works

Click on the video to see how ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings work



Save clinician time and costs

64% cost reduction in dressings per patient per week6
In a year an estimated 2500 nursing days could be potentially released8
Demonstrated an increase in wear time by 52% in a clinical setting5

Browse our evidence


1. Bali and Monterey Research Insights Summary Document. Smith & Nephew 2013
2. International consensus. Optimising wellbeing in people living with a wound. An expert working group.London: Wounds International, 2012.
3. Patient interviews:
4. Clinical Performance and Positive Impact on patient Wellbeing of ALLEVYN Life Alan Rossington et al. Wounds UK,
2013, Vol 9, No 4
5. A Structured Collaborative Approach to appraise the clinical performance of a new product. Deborah Simon et al. Wounds UK, 2014, Vol 10, No 3
6. Heather Joy et al. A collaborative project to enhance efficiency through dressing change practice. Poster presented at Wounds UK, Harrogate November 2014.
7. Quick Reference Cost Sheet Summary – Chronic. Smith & Nephew 2013.
8. Jackie Stephen-Haynes et al. An appraisal of the clinical performance and economic benefits of a silicone foam in a large UK primary care Organization. Journal of Community Nursing 2013.