RESEARCH ARTICLE

The Evidence-Based Principles of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in Trauma & Orthopedics

The Open Orthopaedics Journal 27 June 2014 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874325001408010168

Abstract

Negative pressure wound therapy is a popular treatment for the management of both acute and chronic wounds. Its use in trauma and orthopedics is diverse and includes the acute traumatic setting as well as chronic troublesome wounds associated with pressure sores and diabetic foot surgery. Efforts have been made to provide an evidence base to guide its use however this has been limited by a lack of good quality evidence. The following review article explores the available evidence and describes future developments for its use in trauma and orthopaedic practice.

Keywords: Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), orthopedics, trauma, vacuum assisted closure (VAC)..
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