NPWT can be painful

It's time to see NPWT in a whole new light

For chronic and acute wounds, new technologies have led to great improvements. For example, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) is a proven and effective treatment strategy.

Yet to date, NPWT systems have not been effective in minimising pain and skin trauma. Aggressive fixating film adhesives used to maintain an airtight seal, can be very painful during removal as they strip and irritate the skin. Some adhesive films may also cause painful blistering.1

The Avance NPWT system with Safetac is designed to minimise unneccessary patient pain and stress5. Avance® Film with Safetac® and Mepiseal® sealant with Safetac helps protect the peri-wound area against maceration,3 prevent skin stripping during dressing changes,4 and helps prevent the formation of painful blisters.

NPWT often restricts mobility and can decrease quality of life

For many patients, the treatment of difficult and painful wounds with NPWT has meant long periods of hospitalisation, with mobility restricted due to the constant connection to a cumbersome pump.

With Avance, patients can use the same NPWT system at home as they did in hospital. Simple to learn and use for both patients and caregivers alike, the lightweight, quiet and portable system restores the patient's freedom to move around.

NPWT can be painful for patients

NPWT systems that do not focus on minimising pain and skin trauma may be using aggressive fixating film adhesives to maintain an airtight seal.

In addition to being very painful during removal – stripping and irritating the skin – some of these adhesive films may also cause painful blistering.2

The WUWHS recommends always assessing pain and selecting a dressing that is atraumatic to the wound and surrounding skin.2

Several studies have shown 
that using Mepitel® as a contact layer between the foam and the wound bed reduces tissue in-growth into the foam, thereby minimising pain during removal.

References

1 Dykes PJ et al. Effect of adhesive dressings on the stratum corneum of the skin. Journal of Wound Care 2001;10(2):7-10>

2 Howell et al. Blister formation with negative pressure dressings after total knee arthroplasty. Current orthopaedic practice. March/April 2011, Vol 22, No 2

3 Principles of best practice: Minimising pain at wound dressing related procedures. A consensus document. London: MEP Ltd, 2004

4 Data on file

5 Dykes, P.J., Heggie, R., Hill, S.A. (2001) effects of adhesive dressings on the stratum corneum of skin. Journal of Wound Care 10(2): 7-10.

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