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Guidelines for safe negative-pressure wound therapy

from Wound Care Advisor

Since its introduction almost 20 years ago, negative-pressure wound therapy has become a leading technology in the care and management of acute, chronic, dehisced, traumatic wounds; pressure ulcers; diabetic ulcers; orthopedic trauma; skin flaps; and grafts. NPWT applies controlled suction to a wound using a suction pump that delivers intermittent, continuous or variable negative pressure evenly through a wound filler. NWPT increases local vascularity and oxygenation of the wound bed and reduces edema by removing wound fluid, exudate and bacteria. Every day, countless healthcare providers apply NPWT devices during patient care. Proper patient selection, appropriate dressing material, correct device settings, frequent patient monitoring, and closely managed care help minimize risks. So before you flip the switch to initiate NPWT, read on to learn how you can use NPWT safely. more


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