can someone tell me the difference between Optifoam and Allevyn. I understand they are both foam dressings, but i work with a nurse that says she will only use Allevyn (more expensive), when i ask her why all she will say is "its better". ok if it is better can someone tell me why???!!!
Nov 10, '11
Sorry I'm not familiar with these names. Are they similar to polymem? What types of wounds are they used for?
edit: just did a search. They look similar to something we use called mepilex. Sorry I don't use either of these brands so can't say if one works better than the other. Their websites have a few selling points though if you google it.
Last edit by muesli on Nov 10, '11
Nov 11, '11
I personally prefer Allevyn too! I think it's AWESOME! I think the difference it makes when compared to other foam adhesive dressings is that is sort of wicks away and locks in the drainage much like a maxi-pad does. Other dressings have an island of foam with no covering over the foam. The Allevyn has a layer of adhesive, permeable plastic that covers the foam which I also think promotes better adhesion. Good stuff.
Nov 14, '11
Optifoam is great if its a smaller wound and you may be covering with a transparent dressing. Optifoam or other "generic" foam dressings are absolutely acceptable if the purpose is more for insulating the wound or protection. Depends on the wound. I like Allevyn too - but in this day and age of the increasing price of healthcare...saving a few bucks and still getting the job done is often the way to go
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