ALLEVYN™ Gentle Border Life - Adhesive Composite Hydrocellular Foam Dressing


ALLEVYN Life is a silicone gel adhesive dressing that provides the optimal moist wound environment to promote healing of moderately and highly exuding wounds. The absorbent pad has a foam layer and lock away core made from a super absorbent material. There is a discretion layer over the centre to mask the exudate. The silicone adhesive layer is gentle even to fragile skin and makes it easy to apply, reposition and remove.


ALLEVYN Life is indicated for wound management by secondary intention on shallow, granulating wounds, chronic and acute exudative wounds, full and partial thickness wounds such as pressure ulcers, leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, infected wounds, malignant wounds, surgical wounds, first and second degree burns, donor sites, skin tears, fungating ulcers. ALLEVYN Life can be used in conjunction with INTRASITE™ Gel for necrotic or sloughy wounds. ALLEVYN Life is also indicated for pressure ulcer prevention on intact skin as part of a pressure ulcer prevention protocol.




Unique quadrilobe design with a wide border


Quadrilobe shape for a secure fit5,6  Contours to the human body for a secure fit and allows patients to shower3-5 Dressings stay in place, optimizing dressing changes and minimizing wastage2

Protective mesh/masking layer

The protective masking discretion layer reduces the visual impact of strikethrough (in vitro)1 . Masking layer promotes patient confidence

Hyper absorbent lock-away layer

The Hyper absorbent lock away core layer includes wicking fibres of cellulose made into a lofty mat with dispersed particulates of locking polyacrylate to lock in exudate, even under pressure.     Excellent fluid locking under pressure in vitro6

Peace of mind leakage prevention in vitro6

Common wound odour absorption when tested in vitro on representative compounds8

Lock-away layer providing patient peace of mind

Cushioning layer

The dressing’s multi-layered design provides cushioning and helps to spread pressure in vitro7

Rated as providing a high level of protection from knocks and bumps9

Cushioning layer for maximum protection

Visible change indicator

ALLEVYN Life shows you when it needs to be changed, helping to reduce premature dressing change5.  Change indicator optimizes dressing change frequency6 and minimizes wastage.

Highly breathable film


REACTIC film that actively responds to changing exudate levels. Helps to minimize the risk of maceration to the wound and peri-wound as well as providing an effective barrier to bacteria to minimize the risk of contamination. Showerproof dressing



What is the average wear time? Average wear time has not been determined as there are substantial variations regarding patient needs, wound types and local clinical practice. 

Dressings may be left in place for up to 7 days, except the sacral area where dressings can be left in place for up to 5 days. . Dressing change frequency will depend on the type and condition of the wound, or when the exudate covers 75% of the change indicator. Consider changing if the exudate covers more than 50% of the change indicator, the decision to change should be dependent upon clinical assessment of a Healthcare Professional. During the early stages of wound management ALLEVYN Life should be inspected frequently. Where the product is used on infected wounds the infection should be inspected and treated as per local clinical protocol.

Can this dressing be repositioned? Yes, ALLEVYN Life can be lifted and repositioned on application without losing its adherent properties.

Can dressing be used under negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) Not appropriate to use under negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT).   An alternative suggestion is to use ACTICOAT™ or ACTICOAT™ Flex, a mesh design that does not impede exudate from base of wound to NPWT gauze or foam interface.

Can dressing be used under compression therapy? Yes, ALLEVYN Life can be used in combination with other methods of treatment including compression therapy, under supervision of a healthcare professional. When used under compression therapy, care should be taken to ensure that the dressing is adhered in position before compression bandages are applied.

Is it normal to see tiny bits of silicone left on the skin? Yes, the offset of bobbling of silicone onto the skin after application is a normal when using silicone dressings. This is because the silicone on the dressing can rub off depending on the amount of weight, sheer or moisture applied to the dressing during wear.

How do I remove dressing without causing trauma to the wound or peri-wound skin? ALLEVYN Life - was designed with a non-adherent wound contact layer to prevent healing tissue from growing into the dressing minimizing pain on removal. To remove the ALLEVYN Life dressing, lift one corner and pull the dressing back on itself.

Can dressing be cut? No, do not cut the absorbent pad as internal dressing components may contaminate the wound leading to delayed healing.

What amount of fluid can ALLEVYN Life hold? ALLEVYN Life can manage: 110g/100cm²

What is the MTVR of ALLEVYN Life? ALLEVYN Life: 1832gm(-²)/24hrs

What is the shelf life of your product(s) from the date of manufacture? The shelf life for these products is 36 months.

Does the product packaging allow product to be easily delivered to sterile field without jeopardizing sterility? The product packing is not sterile – however, when passed following a sterile technique the product would maintain its sterility. All dressings are individually packaged in a pouch and sealed around all four edges.  The top liner has visual cues located on tabs to facilitate sterile delivery.

What products can be used with ALLEVYN Life? Most exudate management/ filler dressings (Acticoat, Durafiber, AlgiSite M and Gauze) can be used under ALLEVYN Life dressings. ALLEVYN Life can be used in conjunction with INTRASITE™ Gel for necrotic or sloughy wounds.

Can a liquid skin barrier be used under the ALLEVYN Life dressing? Yes, liquid skin barriers (SKIN-PREP, NO STING SKIN PREP) may be used prior to application where fragile skin is involved. However, the adhesive flows gently into the crevices of the skin allowing more points of contact to stay in place and therefore may not necessitate the need for a barrier. We neither support, nor discourage this use – it’s a clinical decision based on the need to protect the skin.  If the patient requires the skin to be protected, they would use it, but under normal circumstances it is not necessary based on the fact that the silicone is gentle on the skin.

Is ALLEVYN Life suitable for use alone on cavity wounds? ALLEVYN Life is not suitable for use alone on cavity wounds but may be used over cavity wounds as a secondary dressing.

Is ALLEVYN Life compatible with oil based products such as petrolatum ALLEVYN Life is not compatible with oil based products such as petrolatum, as the dressings would not adhere.

Is ALLEVYN Life compatible with topical antimicrobials? ALLEVYN Life is compatible with topical antimicrobials.  If reddening or sensitization occurs discontinue use and consult a healthcare professional.

Are these dressings suitable for all patient populations? ALLEVYN Life dressings are suitable for adult, bariatric, and paediatric populations. 

Is this product latex-free? The ALLEVYN Life product line does not contain latex in either the component formulation, finished product or the packaging.

Can cleansers such as hydrogen peroxide or EUSOL be used with this dressing? Do not use ALLEVYN Life dressings with oxidizing agents such as hypochlorite solutions (eg. EUSOL) or hydrogen peroxide, as these can break down the absorbent polyurethane component of the dressing.



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