Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

What is Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT)?

Negative pressure wound therapy is a medical procedure in which a vacuum dressing is used to enhance and promote wound healing in acute, chronic, and burn wounds. The therapy involves using a sealed wound dressing attached to a pump to create a negative pressure environment in the wound. Depending on the wound type or location, the vacuum can either be applied continuously or intermittently. Negative pressure wound therapy can be used for a few days to several months at a time. Typically, the dressing is changed two to three times per week

What are the different types of wounds that can benefit from NPWT?

Several different types of wounds can benefit from negative pressure wound therapy such as:

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Venous ulcers
  • Arterial ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • First and second degree burns
  • Chronic wounds
  • Wounds with a large amount of drainage
  • Surgical and acute wounds at high risk for infection

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