By Zach Collins
If you’ve never heard of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, you’re certainly not alone. With such a long, scientific title, it can be a little intimidating. However, the truth of what exactly this amazing advancement in medical treatment does is not only simple, it’s incredible.
So what does it do?
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (or NPWT) is used in patients with acute or chronic wounds, such as diabetic ulcers, open wounds, and even healing skin grafts. In cases when it is appropriate NPWT is used to accelerate the rate of healing by increasing blood flow around the wound site, decreasing bacterial growth which therefore cuts down on infection, and removing unnecessary fluid build-up. The combination of these, all by just one process, leads to incredible benefits for the patient, and easier work for the doctor or nurse.
What kind of benefits?
With NPWT and the things that it does for patients, the benefits are many and great. They include:
- Earlier discharge from hospital
- Allows for easier transfer to more casual health care setting
- Surgery required less frequently
- Cut down on frequency of wound dressing changes
- Cost savings
- Overall improvement in quality of life
These benefits also add up to a far lower mortality rate for patients using NPWT, be it for the treatment of burn wounds, diabetic ulcers, or chronic, open wounds.
So what can I do?
If you’re a doctor, visit Aeroflow Healthcare now and peruse our Physician and Hospital Resources page. If you or someone you know could benefit from NPWT, talk to your doctor and qualify through insurance to find out more.