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Application + Removal Guide for ALLEVYN LIFE Sacrum Foam Dressing For Wound Management

The all-in-one dressing for wound management and pressure injury prevention that stays in place1, redistributes pressure2* and minimizes leakage.3

For wound management

ALLEVYN LIFE Foam Dressings are intended for exuding wounds including:

  • pressure injuries
  • diabetic foot ulcers
  • first- and second-degree burns
  • fungating ulcers
  • leg ulcers
  • surgical wounds
  • donor sites
  • skin tears

ALLEVYN LIFE may be used on infected wounds, which should be treated per local clinical protocol. The heel shape can be worn up to seven days3,4 and suits the: heel, sacrum, shoulder blades, breast, elbow, underarm, neck area/collarbone.


  • Maintains an optimal moist wound environment.2
  • May help reduce the risk of maceration.6
  • Reduced dressing change visits by 50% in a study.6**

For pressure injury prevention

ALLEYVN LIFE offers a five-layer foam design that helps protect against pressure injuries as part of a pressure injury protocol.7


  • Reduced incidence of sacral pressure injuries by 71% compared to standard preventive care alone, in an independent randomized controlled trial.7,8
  • Showed a cost saving of 69% per patient compared to using standard preventive care alone, in an associated economic study.8

Try our pressure injury prevention portfolio.

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Skin Care

For detailed product information, including indications for use, contraindications, precautions and warnings, please consult the product's applicable Instructions for Use (IFU) prior to use.


Cleanse and dry the skin. Ensure it is free of excess hair, dimethicone and other emollients.
To help protect intact or damaged skin, consider using a liquid skin barrier such as NO-STING SKIN-PREP before applying the dressing.


Select the dressing size to suit the patient, ensuring the dressing pad will cover the area to be protected.

Remove the middle liner first.

Fold with adhesive side down and place narrow end at least 2 centimeters above anal sphincter.

Separate the gluteal cleft to ensure complete contact.

Remove remaining liners.

Smooth from midpoint of dressing outward.

Inspect for Prevention only***

Lift the border from the top of the dressing and peel downward just enough to inspect the skin; leave the dressing intact in the gluteal cleft.

After inspection, smooth the borders back into place, ensuring there are no ridges, folds or air pockets.

  1. Regular skin inspection is important when using the dressing as part of a pressure injury prevention protocol.5
  2. Do not roll the edge of the border back onto itself.


Lift from the top or proximal edge and peel down slowly toward the anus.

When used for wound treatment, change the dressing with each wound assessment. Do not reapply the used dressing.

* in vitro
**Tested against Mepilex Border
***ALLEVYN LIFE is indicated for pressure injury prevention on intact skin as part of a comprehensive pressure injury prevention protocol


  1. ALLEVYN LIFE vs Mepilex Border - Product Retention Performance Testing. Data on File report HVT080 September 2018
  2. Rossington, A. Pressure transmission testing of ALLEVYN LIFE when wet and dry, Mepilex Border and Optifoam Gentle. Data on File report DS/18/351R- September 2018
  3. Earl, K. Wound Model Testing of ALLEVYN LIFE Gen2 using Horse Serum. Data on File report DS/14/303R - April 2016
  4. Rossington, A. Product Performance of Next Generation ALLEVYN LIFE. Data on File report GMCA-DOF/08. April 2016.
  5. National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Quick Reference Guide. Emily Haesler (Ed.). Cambridge Media: Osborne Park, Australia; 2014
  6. Joy H et al. A collaborative project to enhance efficiency through dressing change practice. Journal of Wound Care. Vol 24. No 7. July 2015 P3-4
  7. Forni C, D'Alessandro F, Gallerani P, et al. Effectiveness of using a new polyurethane 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
  8. 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.

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