If your physician prescribed the use of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy or NPWT, it may be the first time you’ve ever heard of such a device. Much less know the history and evolution about this technology. This article will take you through the timeline of this incredible medical healing tool.
NPWT is a treatment used for acute and chronic wounds. A vacuum creates a continuous negative pressure within the wound, which helps in removing any infected material or fluids so the wound can heal faster and close.
Russia may have been the first country to reportedly use such technique, back in 1947 for the post-operation exudates by using gauze and wall suction.
In 1985, Drs. Katherine Jeter and Mark Chariker made significant breakthroughs. Jeter developed the previously mentioned suction method for treating wounds by utilizing gauze dressings and wall suction and pioneered a product for applying pressure on a patient’s bed. Chariker aided in the clinical studies and enhanced the new revolutionary process of healing.
A year later, Kremlin papers described closed suction to be effective and not only decreased the wound healing time but reduced the hospitalization stay. By 1989 Drs. Jeter and Chariker published their findings on the effects of NPWT in the healing process.
It was in 1997 that the first NPWT device was cleared by the FDA and marketed in the United States.
The machines used today have made significant advancements, and continue to help reduce hospitalization stays with successful placement in patient homes. If you or a loved one are looking to speed up the wound healing process, talk to your physician and call Aeroflow Healthcare about qualifying for at NPWT device through insurance.