Smith & Nephew wound therapy system found to reduce healing time

24 May 2012 (Last Updated May 24th, 2012 18:30)

Smith & Nephew has announced the preliminary independent data demonstrating that patients using the Pico negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) system had reduced healing times and increased comfort.

Smith & Nephew has announced the preliminary independent data demonstrating that patients using the Pico negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) system had reduced healing times and increased comfort.

The Pico NPWT system can be worn on a wound for up to a week, depending on the level of exudates, and can treat chronic, acute and traumatic wounds, subacute and dehisced wounds, partial-thickness burns, ulcers, flaps and grafts, and closed surgical incisions.

The wound dressing system employs a dressing technology that manages fluids, eliminating the need for bulky canisters, and reduces the amount of staff time, intensive training and administrative paperwork associated with traditional negative pressure wound therapy.

During a six-month period of the independent clinical study, a total of 198 patients in a Canadian Community Care Access Centre and in Acute Care Hospitals were evaluated for the efficacy of the Pico NPWT system.

Of the participants, 90% reported that the conformability of Pico was good and 81% reported that they were pleased with the system, the company said.

"Of the participants, 90% reported that the conformability of Pico was good."

Smith & Nephew consultant Theresa Hurd said the objective of the study was to determine what was required to introduce a new innovation in the community-based setting.

"Indicators we measured were healing ability, patient comfort and ease of use for the clinicians. What we found was that we were able to transition NPWT patients from acute care and keep them on NPWT longer in a cost-efficient way," Hurd added.

"Patient feedback on how Pico was able to improve their quality of life and feeling of wellbeing was resoundingly positive. They loved the size and discreetness of the system and the ease of dressing changes."

Smith & Nephew advanced wound management division Europe president, Andy Boyes, said the Pico system has expanded patient access to the benefits of NPWT through a single use system and demonstrates the company's commitment to advancing wound care technology.

"Pico simplifies delivery of the proven benefits of traditional NPWT on small to medium wounds, making the treatment more affordable and cost-predictive," Boyes added.