Case series: ALLEVYN LIFE Non-Bordered foam dressing for managing moderate to heavily exuding wounds

Exudate is vital for moist wound healing; however, overproduction of exudate is detrimental to the wound healing trajectory. Under compression, the capacity of some dressings to absorb exudate can fall by more than 40% and leaks are common, requiring more frequent dressing changes (Körber et al, 2008). Non-bordered foam dressings present a flexible class of dressings that can be used under compression and for cushioning, can conform to awkward positions on the body and can be cut to shape for unusually shaped wounds. This series of six case studies describes the use of ALLEVYN LIFE Non-Bordered foam dressing (Smith & Nephew) in the management of moderate to heavily exuding diabetic foot, venous and pressure ulcers. ALLEVYN LIFE Non-Bordered foam dressing is designed to lock in exudate and minimise the risk of skin damage. 

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  • Leanne Atkin

    Practitioner, Division of Podiatry and Clinical Sciences, The University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield

  • Natalie Nierenberg

    Medical Director, Inpatient Skin & Wound Care , Boston, MA, USA

  • Thomas Wild

    Senior Consultant Surgeon, Wound Center, Clinic for Orthopedics and Traumatology and Dermatology, Dessau Medical