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A novel option in negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) for chronic and acute wound care.
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PMID:  22100423     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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INTRODUCTION: Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has become a widely accepted technique in treatment of all kinds of wounds. After a long period of clinical application of the V.A.C.™ system (KCI Inc., San Antonio, Texas, USA) a number of options for delivery of NPWT are now commercially available. An urgent need exists for evidence demonstrating clinical efficacy of these new devices to support clinicians regarding their choice of NPWT. METHODS: 42 patients with an acute or chronic wound were randomly assigned to either treatment by V.A.C.™ (group A) or therapy with an alternative newly available polyurethane foam-based NPWT system (RENASYS GO™ - F/P, Smith & Nephew GmbH) (group B). In both groups NPWT was applied after surgical debridement to prepare the wound bed for skin grafting. After skin grafting NPWT was applied additionally to secure skin grafts and improve grafts survival. Primary outcome measures were the time to complete healing (days) and duration of the NPWT application (days). Secondary outcome measures were the number of dressing changes and reported complications. In addition, we evaluated the cost-benefit in the clinical implementation. RESULTS: There were no significant differences comparing the investigated parameters between both groups. Especially average time to complete healing and average time NPWT was applied did not differ (p>0.05). No complications occurred in either group. By an almost identical supply agreement of both providers for our hospital RENASYS™ system appeared to be more cost-effective. CONCLUSION: After a long period of preserving a monopoly market position of the V.A.C.™ system, a new comparable option was successfully tested in this preliminary study. The polyurethane foam-based NPWT system (RENASYS GO™ - F/P, Smith & Nephew GmbH) is an efficient and cost-effective alternative NPWT system, which we effectively implemented in therapeutic management of different kinds of wounds.
Authors:
Afshin Rahmanian-Schwarz; Lina-Marie Willkomm; Philipp Gonser; Bernhard Hirt; Hans-Eberhard Schaller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-11-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-1409     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8913178     Medline TA:  Burns     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.
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Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand and Burn Surgery, BG-Trauma Center, Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Germany.
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