Smith and Nephew's Allevyn Life adhesive foam dressing has been shown to significantly reduce the onset of pressure ulcers in elderly patients who have been hospitalised with a hip fracture.
The dressings, which are made with multi-layer silicone, reduced the incidences of ulcers by 71 percent when used in a standard care protocol, a randomised controlled trial (RCT).
“Smith and Nephew's Allevyn Life dressings can help reduce the instance of ulcers in hip fracture patients, according to a new study.“
Carried out by the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in Bologna, Italy, the trial's results were published in the International Wound Journal.
Whereas 15.4 percent of patients receiving standard care suffered ulcers, only 4.5 percent who received this plus the application of an Allevyn Life dressing developed an ulcer.
Professor Cristiana Forni from the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute said: "Our research shows that Allevyn Life is effective at reducing the rate of pressure ulcers in the sacrum in elderly patients with hip fracture. The excellent adhesiveness of this device also enables costs to be kept down."
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