Allevyn Dressings are hydocellular dressings for wound care that remove fluid faster than regular dressings. Allevyyn Foam Dressings and Allevyn Adhesive Dressings are manufactured by Smith & Nephew and are designed to treat chronic and exuding wounds. The advantage offered by Allevyn Smith & Nephew Dressing is the ability to promote faster healing while reducing the risk of maceration. By maintaining a moist wound environment, Allevyn Dressings provide improved treatment for exuding wounds. See the chart at the bottom of this web page for selecting the Allevyn Adhesive Dressing for your needs. Be sure to check out top Allevyn products like the Allevyn Adhesive Dressing, Allevyn Foam Dressing, and the Allevyn Cavity Dressing.

Also known as the Allevyn Pad Dressing, this wound dressing comes in two different options—the Allevyn Adhesive Dressing and the Allevyn Non-Adhesive Dressing. The Allevyn Adhesive Dressing is a hydrocellular dressing with a breathable top film for faster fluid removal. Below the top film layer is a foam layer for absorption. Several dressing shapes are available to choose from to match to the size of the wound and the location of the wound (see the chart below). Additionally, the Allevyn Adhesive Hydocellular Dressing is available in two fixation levels to provide either a secure or gentle adhesion.

Allevyn Non Adhesive Dressing is constructed with polyurethane. Like the adhesive dressing, the Allevyn Non-Adhesive Dressing has a breathable top film followed by a foam layer for superior fluid removal. Additionally, this non adhesive foam dressing is equipped with sealed and shaped edges to protect against wound leakage.

Allevyn Dressings are designed to meet most wound shapes, sites and levels of exudate. The Allevyn wound site dressing options include the Allevyn Sacral, Allevyn Heel, Allevyn Cavity, and Allevyn Tracheostomy. The Allevyn Adhesive options include the Allevyn Thin, Allevyn Lite, Allevyn Compression, and Allevyn Plus. The chart below provides a dressing selection guide to help choose the correct Allevyn Foam Dressing to fit the wound type and wound site.

Types of Telfa Pads

How to Choose Telfa Pads

Telfa pads are gauze wound dressings used for either primary or secondary wound care applications. These absorbent pads are used by private individuals and healthcare professionals alike. They are commonly used as take-home gauze for people coming out of a clinic or hospital after receiving minor incisions or injury treatment. These wound dressing pads are non-adherent and sterile, which makes them good for direct wound contact for small to medium sized wounds to help absorb light wound exudate. Some Telfa pads have border adhesive to secure themselves to the wound area, others would require a wrap or another means of securing them to the skin. There are several variations of Telfa dressings which are detailed below.

Telfa pads are for when a patient needs a dry non-absorbent dressing pad that will not stick to the wound. Telfa dressings can also be applied to dry wounds to protect the skin while it heals. Telfa pads are most often used to treat lightly exudating wounds. They are made of cotton and have a non-adherent polymer coating so that they do not stick to the wound or leave residue inside the wound bed. Because of the non-stick property, the Telfa pad is ideal for wounds that could otherwise cause the material to stick and re-open healing wounds, as well as potentially leaving behind gauze particles that can complicate the healing process.

Telfa Pad Types and Variations

Telfa pads are available on Vitality Medical's website and a selection of the top four non-adherent gauze dressings are below. The following pads have a small brief on their unique properties:

  • Telfa Ouchless Non-Adherent Dressings: The original 'Ouchless' dressing with an absorbent cotton interior and a non-adhering outer coating.
  • Telfa Non-adherent Island Dressing: An all-in-one dressing pad that will seal the pad to the wound with its border adhesive sides, while the cotton island pad will not stick to wound.
  • Telfa AMD Non-Adherent Dressings: Also for lightly draining wounds, the AMD version is unique in that it is impregnated with PHMB, an antiseptic that kills micro-organisms.
  • Telfa Clear Wound Dressings: The only non-absorbent pad, the clear dressing has non-stick properties yet is permeable to allow oxygen to the site. The clear film allows one to observe the healing progress.

Telfa Pad Applications

As mentioned previously, the Telfa gauze is for lightly draining wounds. Note that only the transparent version will need secondary pad for drainage. One simply will apply the pad by pulling off the hermetically sealed package and laying the pad over the wound. The different lines of Telfa have several size variations, so simply choose the size that can cover the wound with some overlap. If the pad does not have an adhesive, simply use a bandage or secondary dressing with adhesive sides to secure the Telfa pad to the skin. Dispose of the bandage when saturated, or if it becomes wet.

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