Medical technology company Smith+Nephew has received an Innovative Technology contract from Vizient to supply its PICO single-use negative pressure wound therapy (sNPWT) system.

PICO is a portable, easy-to-use, canister-free sNPWT system equipped with the Smith+Nephew soft port technology.

The silicone-based, four-layer technology is designed to manage exudate from wounds by simultaneously evaporating and locking it away

This removes extra moisture away from the wound and peri-wound area.

Furthermore, the technology provides compression to the peri-wound area, potentially improving tissue perfusion.

Smith+Nephew NPWT vice-president and general manager Laura Ackerman said: “We are thrilled that our PICO System has been recognised by healthcare experts in receiving this distinguished Innovative Technology contract in the US.

“Surgical site complications continue to be costly events that plague our patients and healthcare systems. Our PICO technology has been shown to reduce the risk of SSIs across multiple specialities, improving patient care and helping get them home sooner.”

In January last year, the PICO system was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for new indications.

The system became the first sNPWT system indicated to assist in reducing the incidence of wound complications such as superficial and deep incisional surgical site infections (SSIs) for Class I and Class II wounds, post-operative seroma and dehiscence.

Healthcare-performance-improvement company Vizient was awarded the contract based on recommendations by hospital experts who are part of its member-led councils.

The PICO system is expected to bring potential improvement to the healthcare industry.

Vizient awards Innovative Technology contracts after review and interaction with products submitted through its Innovative Technology Program.

The programme works with members and suppliers to identify technologies that have the potential to improve clinical care, patient safety and healthcare worker safety or enhance the business model for healthcare organisations.