Consensus document: Closed surgical incision management: Understanding the role of NPWT

Substantial numbers of patients develop surgical site infections and other incisional complications worldwide each year. The social, healthcare and wider economic implications are considerable. As the average age of the population increases and multi-morbidity becomes more common, the number and complexity of surgical procedures performed is rising. As a result, reducing the risk and burden of incisional complications continues to be a major challenge.


  • Guido Ciprandi

    Chief Pressure Ulcer Project, Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital, Rome, Italy

  • Risal Djohan

    Head, Breast Section, Regional Medical Practice Head, Microsurgery Fellowship Program Director, Department of Plastic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

  • Pascal M Dohmen

    Professor, Head of Tissue Engineering, Vice-Director for Research and Education, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Charité Hospital Medical University Berlin, Berlin Germany

  • Baha M Sibai

    Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Texas, Houston, Texas, USA

  • Michael Sugrue

    Consultant Breast and General Surgeon, Letterkenny University Hospital/UCHG, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland

  • Judith Tanner

    Professor of Adult Nursing, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK