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A comparative study of the influence of different pressure levels combined with various wound dressings on negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) driven wound healing.

Rey Paglinawan, Miodrag Colic, Maryline Simon

Numerous approaches have been developed to attempt to improve the process of wound healing,including applying negative pressure on the wound surface. With the introduction of new wound dressing technologies, the possibilities of combining Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) with these new dressings may result in further advancing the quest to find improved wound therapies.

Inpatient Surgical Setting Transition to Outpatient: Supportive Role of a New Personal and a Reusable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) System with Double Lumen.

Charles K. Lee, MD, FACS; Naomi De Tablan, DPM, Gina Restani, RN, Aliena Chin, RN & Barbie Mir, RN, Rey Paglinawan.


NPWT has revolutionized the management of complex wounds becoming an indispensable tool in the management of acute and chronic wounds in both the inpatient and outpatient care setting. NPWT in the inpatient setting remains in constant demand as a “bridge” therapy after excisional debridement in preparation to a surgical graft or flap. NPWT in the outpatient surgical setting addresses a growing need to decrease length of stay (LOS) while providing an optimal healing environment for post debridement and/or graft procedures. A new NPWT system*,** was utilized in the current case series addressing those needs.

Cost-effectiveness of portable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) over Split Thickness Skin Grafts (STSG) in the outpatient surgical setting compared to inpatient setting.

Charles K. Lee, MD, FACS; Naomi De Tablan, DPM, Gina Restani, RN, Aliena Chin, RN & Barbie Mir, RN


NPWT plays an important role in reconstructive surgery to accelerate the healing process with Split Thickness Skin Grafts (STSG) in both inpatient and outpatient surgical settings. With rising healthcare costs and a growing need to decrease inpatient length of stay (LOS), we assessed the potential cost savings stemming from the use of a single-patient-use NPWT* device over STSG in the post-surgical outpatient setting compared to the traditional 5-day inpatient stay after a STSG inpatient procedure. In this study, the portable single-patient-use NPWT* treatment and work related costs were calculated as $ 5617 USD average (range: $ 3370 – $ 6740) per treated patient, and all procedures were performed in the hospital surgical setting. Compared to standard wetto-dry gauze dressings, the NPWT* therapy provides an economic solution for lowering the total treatment time and costs.

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Highlighted Insight

Value-based care: Why portable NPWT Systems reduce wound vac costs.

In today’s value-based healthcare economy, every service line is feeling extraordinary pressure. 

One area of challenge is the post-operative management of split thickness skin graft patients. With limited resources and higher standards of care, what can surgeons do to create value?

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