Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and the Pediatric Patient

Abstract

The Problem
Traditional negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is a common treatment in which a sponge is applied to a wound and negative pressure is used to augment healing. Dressing changes occur several times per week, approximately every other day. NPWT can be used on both chronic and acute wounds.1 Large, cumbersome equipment limits mobility and activity. NPWT is effectively used on pediatric patients, however, use adds challenges to care. NPWT lengthens a child's hospital stay for monitoring and size makes mobility more difficult for pediatric patients. Dressing changes occur several times a week and trained providers are needed to deliver care. Pediatric patients and their families are left anxious over the process and discouraged with the time spent away from home.

Patient Benefits
The compact size of a single use NPWT allows for increased patient mobility. Suction allows for increased patient mobility. Suction is present at 80mmHg and dressing is easily applied by family. Parents and caregivers are able to manage at home with few instructions and steps.

References
1. Bryant RA, Nix DP. Acute and chronic wounds current management concepts. Mosby. 2012.