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

Novak A1, Wasim S Khan 2, Palmer J*, 1
1 Department of Trauma & Orthopedics, Basingstoke & North Hampshire Hospital, Wessex, UK
2 University College London Institute of Orthopedics and Musculoskeletal Sciences, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, Middlesex, UK

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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)..