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Archive » 2011 » 4 » | Archive » Medical field » Fields » Pathophysiology » Archive » Medical field » Fields » Surgery »

Negative Wound Pressure Therapy

 
Abstract:

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Wound management represents a great burden for the patients’ quality of life and also for the healthcare expenditures. The understanding of the complex cellular and molecular mec­hanisms involved in the healing process enabled the recent development in the field of wound dressing. One of the recent advances in the field is the negative wound pressure therapy. This modern wound dressing consists of a special foam or gauze that fills the entire wound volu­me and a microprocessor guided pump that controls the wound parameters and exerts nega­tive pressure on the wound. The pump is connected to the wound compartment through a set of draining tubes. Negative pressure wound therapy accelerates the wound healing process. This new method is especially well suited for the treatment of chronic and infected wounds and also acute traumatic wounds with extensive soft tissue damage. Usage of negative pres­sure wound therapy in the management of acute and chronic wounds has shown to be safe and efficient. It has broad clinical applications and it is economically justified when used opti­mally.

Authors:
Miha Ciringer , Ciril Triller , Dragica Maja Smrke

Keywords:
negative wound pressure therapy, wound, wound healing, wound dressings

Cite as:
Med Razgl. 2011; 50: 433–40.

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