Using negative pressure wound therapy to prevent surgical site infection

Steven Jeffery, David Leaper, David G Armstrong, John Lantis

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It is estimated that, at the very least, 5% of patients who undergo surgery develop a surgical site infection (SSI). There has been much interest in the use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) as a prophylactic treatment to reduce the risk of SSI. Evidence suggests it can accelerate healing times, reduce both the length of hospital stay and the frequency of dressing changes, and improve patients' quality of life. The efficacy of traditional and portable NPWT systems is similar. However, the latter has an advantage in that it increases patient mobility and does not hinder individuals from carrying out activities of daily living. There are also economic data suggesting that portable NPWT devices are associated with long-term cost savings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S5-S13
JournalJournal of Wound Care
StatePublished - Mar 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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