May 16, 2019

Study: Negative pressure wound therapy lowers SSI risk

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

In this study, the use of negative pressure wound therapy resulted in a significantly lower risk of surgical site infections (SSIs) than standard surgical incision closure.

A total of 123 patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy were randomized to receive either negative pressure wound therapy or a standard closure of the surgical incision.

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SSIs occurred in 9.7% of patients in the negative pressure group and in 31.1% of the standard closure group, a relative risk reduction of 68.8%.

SSIs independently increased the cost of hospitalization by 23.8%.

Incorporating negative pressure wound therapy in surgical practice can help reduce patient harm and healthcare costs, the researchers say.


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