Evidence for the use of ALLEVYN LIFE dressings as part of a pressure ulcer prevention protocol is growing, see some recent publications below.
Use of a comprehensive pressure ulcer prevention program to reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers in an intensive care unit setting – summary1
Katie Swafford, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, CCRN, Rachel Culpepper, RN, BSN, CCRN, Christina Dunn, RN, BSN.
Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPUs) are costly and preventable complications. The study from Eskenazi Health shows the results when an acute care ICU implemented a pressure ulcer prevention protocol consistent with international guidelines and in addition implemented ALLEVYN LIFE dressings to be placed on heel and sacral locations. The goal was to reduce incidence of pressure ulcers by 50% compared to the period prior to implementation.
Positive patient outcomes: The use of a new silicone adhesive hydrocellular foam dressing for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment2
Beth Clarke, RN, Msc(A), MBA, CWOCN
Pressure ulcers are a significant issue for patients across all care settings globally and most hospital acquired pressure ulcers are preventable when effective risk assessment is matched with appropriate interventions. This study outlines the results at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare hospital in Toronto, following the implementation of ALLEVYN Life as an addition to its existing pressure ulcer prevention protocol within the neurological care unit and for wound management in the medical activation unit.
Preventing Sacral Pressure Ulcer Development in the Surgical Patient Population3
Timothy A. Brendle, MS, RN, CNOR, NE-BC
It is estimated that 23% of hospital acquired pressure ulcers are the result of the patient undergoing a surgical procedure. This study outlines the results at Ashley River Tower where a silicone hydrocellular foam sacral dressing was implemented within the perioperative area as part of an overall pressure ulcer prevention program.
Evaluation of a new silicone gel-adhesive hydrocellular foam dressing as part of a pressure ulcer prevention plan for ICU patients4
Charlotte Lisco, BSN, RN, CWON
The use of foam dressings as part of a pressure ulcer prevention protocol is gaining traction in the US. The aim of this study was to evaluate a new silicone-adhesive hydrocellular foam dressing (ALLEVYN LIFE) as part of a comprehensive pressure ulcer prevention plan to reduce sacral/coccyx pressure ulcers in a 24 bed ICU.
1 Swafford K, Culpepper R, Dunn C. Use of a comprehensive program to reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers in an intensive care unit. AJCC. 2016;25(2):152-155.
2 Clarke B. Positive patient outcomes: The use of a new silicone adhesive hydrocellular foam dressing for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment. Poster presented at CAET 2013.
3 Brendle T. Preventing sacral pressure ulcer development in the surgical patient population. Poster presented at OR manager Conference 2015.
4 Lisco C. Evaluation of a new silicone gel-adhesive hydrocellular foam dressing as part of a pressure ulcer prevention plan for ICU patients. Poster presented at 2013 WOCN Society Conference.