Though Negative Pressure Wound Therapy isn’t a brand new therapeutic wound cleansing technique, it is still gaining support and extended use as a viable post surgery treatment.
Last March, in a meeting held in Germany, over 200 experts on wound therapy gathered to discuss the potential for growth in negative pressure wound therapy usage. The overlying theme of the meeting was that using negative pressure wound therapy, for those who had two or more high risk factors, could help prevent post surgery complications.
Those who smoke, have diabetes, a body mass index (BMI) over 30, a surgery that lasted longer than 5 hours, any previous vascular disease, immune system suppression, or are over 70 years old are at the highest risk for complications.
The reason for this is that all of those factors limit a body’s natural ability help heal itself because they inhibit blood circulation in general, and prevent the body from self healing a wounded area. The premise behind Negative Pressure Wound Therapy is that the vacuum in the dressing draws out the contaminated fluid from the wound into dressing, and in turn increases circulation of fresh blood to the wounded area to enhance self healing.
To maintain cleanliness and health, best practices suggest that changing the bandaging two or three times a week is optimal.
If you have any questions about Negative Pressure Wound Therapy or if this is a viable option for you, please feel free to contact us today, toll free, at 1-888-345-1780. You can also contact us online by messaging us here. If you are curious about whether or not you can acquire Negative Pressure Wound Therapy equipment through your insurance, we will be happy to help you with this. This form will help determine what your insurance covers as far as wound therapy goes.