NPWT system minimises healing time in community-based settings
The PICO™ negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) system by Smith & Nephew has been shown to decrease wound healing time, while improving patients’ wellbeing in a community-based setting.
Theresa Hurd, researcher and author of the recent study, shared findings at the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) conference this past May in Vienna, Austria. She revealed that 90% of patients in the study thought that the PICOTM NPWT System was very conformable and that 81% were pleased with the system, as it has the ability to treat a variety of different wound types, including surgical wounds and venous leg ulcers.
'The objective of the study was to determine what was required to introduce a new innovation in the community-based setting. Indicators we measured were healing ability, patient comfort and ease of use for the clinicians,' said Hurd. 'What we found was that we were able to transition NPWT patients from acute care and keep them on NPWT longer in a cost-efficient way.'
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Image: Community-based care. Credit: Alyssa L. Miller on Flickr.