Negative pressure wound therapy is a technique that has come into popularity within the past 25 years. This therapy is primarily utilized for recurrent or surgical wounds that will require extended healing time.
The pumps that facilitate negative pressure wound therapy cover the wound area and create a sealed environment. With the application of negative pressure, circulation is promoted and edema (or fluid build-up and swelling) reduced. In other words, this therapy manually assists the body in it’s own healing functions by primarily promoting blood flow. A dressing must be applied between the device and the wound; which dressing should be specifically advised by a doctor. After the dressing is set, the pump may be applied to the wound environment and the negative pressure applied.
This therapy may be necessary for patients with risk factors that inhibit the body’s ability to heal wounds, including conditions like diabetes or habits like smoking tobacco. The excellent benefit of negative pressure wound therapy is clinically documented most extensively for diabetic ulcers, and studies are currently underway to document the benefit for other wound types. Where the wound exists on the body majorly impacts the effect of negative pressure wound therapy, and a physician’s opinion is necessary to go forward with the treatment.
As with other medical equipment, for insurance to cover the device a doctor must properly document medical necessity. Once a proper evaluation and paperwork are completed Aeroflow will be able to forward the request on to insurance and facilitate acquiring the product. For more details on starting the process, please contact our patient care department today.