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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Doctors Promote NWPT as Post-Surgery Care

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.

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.

High-Risk Factors for Post-Surgery Complications

  • Smokers
  • Diabetes
  • BMI over 30
  • Surgery lasts longer than 5 hours
  • Previous vascular disease
  • Immune system suppression
  • 70 years or older

Benefits of NPWT

All of these factors limit a body’s natural ability help heal itself. They inhibit blood circulation and prevent the body from self-healing a wounded area.  Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) provides a vacuum that draws out the contaminated fluid from the wound and increases the circulation of fresh blood to the wounded area. NPWT can increase the healing rate.

To maintain cleanliness and health, best practices suggest that changing the bandaging two or three times a week is optimal.

 

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