Use of ALLEVYN♦ LIFE Non-Bordered foam dressing to manage a heavily exudating venous leg ulcer

2017, Vol 8, No 3

A 62-year-old man presented with a left lower leg venous ulcer on the shin. The ulcer had high exudate levels, which was resulting in strike-through of dressings and there was some evidence of surrounding skin maceration. Investigations revealed an ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) of 1.4. Allevyn♦ Life Non-Bordered foam dressing (Smith & Nephew) was selected to manage and absorb high-levels of exudate and minimise the risk of trauma to the fragile surrounding skin. Multi-layer compression therapy was also used. After 3 weeks, the ulcer had reduced in size and there was a visible improvement in viable skin [Figures 2–5]. The patient found the dressing comfortable with excellent conformability to the lower leg and minimal pain on dressing removal. 

Author

  • Leanne Atkin

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