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Surgical incision and wound management

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    Non-healing wounds, left untreated and unmanaged, can result in significant medical issues including infection

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    Infected wounds lead to higher costs and longer hospital stays.¹,²

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    Patients with an SSI are 5x more likely to be readmitted within 30 days than those without an SSI.³

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Post-op incision and surgical wound solutions

  • Prevena Therapy is uniquely designed to manage and protect the surgical incision in patients at risk of surgical site complications, including infection.⁴ Prevena Therapy has been proven to help reduce surgical site complications and improve patient outcomes across multiple surgical specialties.⁵⁻¹³ Helping to reduce the burden on healthcare facilities through reduced reoperations⁶,,¹² and associated additional costs of treatment.¹³,¹⁴

  • Take control early when managing a challenging open abdomen. 3M™ AbThera™ Advance Open Abdomen Dressing actively facilitates drawing wound edges together,⁹ minimising fascial retraction and loss of domain.¹⁰

  • Veraflo therapy has been shown to provide better clinical outcomes overall compared to other wound therapies, including 3M™ V.A.C.® Therapy when added to standard of care.¹⁵
    Veraflo Therapy has also been shown to provide faster time to wound closure for complicated wounds than standard of care¹⁵ which may help reduce the burden on operating rooms during challenging times.

  • application of Tegaderm Absorbent Clear Acrylic Dressing on a knee incision
    3M™ Tegaderm™ Absorbent Clear Acrylic Dressing

    For low risk incisions, Tegaderm absorbent clear acrylic dressings offer a waterproof,¹⁷ transparent¹⁸ barrier; allowing active monitoring and early intervention without disturbing the incision.¹⁹
    Extended wear time²⁰ and ability to shower without removing the dressing allows patients to return more quickly to daily activities.¹⁷

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  2. Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders highlight importance of wound care amid COVID-19 pandemic. iWounds News. Published 2021. Accessed March 2, 2021.
  3. Canadian Surgical Site Infection Prevention Audit Month Report 2016. Patient Safety Institute. Published 2016. Accessed March 2, 2021
  4. Outside US (OUS) Prevena Therapy instructions for use / OUS indication statement. P/N 419424 Rev B.
  5. Ferrando PM, Ala A, Bussone R, Bergamasco L, Actis Perinetti F, Malan F. Closed incision negative pressure therapy in oncological breast surgery: comparison with standard care dressings. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018 Jun 15;6(6):e1732. doi:10.1097/GOX000000000000173
  6. Pleger SP, Nink N, Elzien M, Kunold A, Koshty A, Boning A. Reduction of groin wound complications in vascular surgery patients using closed incision negative pressure therapy (ciNPT): a prospective, randomised, single-institution study. Int Wound J. 2018;15(1):75-83.
  7. Cooper HJ, Bas MA. Closed-incision negative-pressure therapy versus antimicrobial dressings after revision hip and knee surgery: a comparative study. J Arthroplasty. 2016 May;31(5):1047-1052. doi:10.1016/j.arth.2015.11.010
  8. Redfern RE, Cameron-Ruetz C, O’Drobinak SK, Chen JT, Beer KJ. Closed incision negative pressure therapy effects on postoperative infection and surgical site complication after total hip and knee arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2017;32:3333-3339. doi:10.1016/j.arth.2017.06.019
  9. Newman JM, Siqueira MBP, Klika AK, Molloy RM, Barsoum WK, Higuera CA. Use of closed incisional negative pressure wound therapy after revision total hip and knee arthroplasty in patients at high risk for infection: a prospective, randomized clinical trial. J Arthroplasty. 2019 Mar;34(3):554-559e1. doi:10.1016/j.arth.2018
  10. Stannard JP, Volgas DA, McGwin G 3rd, et al. Incisional negative pressure wound therapy after high-risk lower extremity fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2012;26(1):37‐42. doi:10.1097/BOT.0b013e318216b1e5.
  11. Grauhan O, Navasardyan A, Hofmann M, et al. Prevention of poststernotomy wound infections in obese patients by negative pressure wound therapy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013;145:1387-1392.
  12. Gabriel A, Sigalove S, Sigalove N, et al. The impact of closed incision negative pressure therapy on postoperative breast reconstruction outcomes. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018 Aug; 6(8): e1880.doi:10.1097/GOX.0000000000001880
  13. Kwon J, Staley C, McCullough M, Goss S, Arosemena M, Abai B, Salvatore D, Reiter D, DiMuzio P. A randomized clinical trial evaluating negative pressure therapy to decrease vascular groin incision complications. J Vasc Surg. 2018 Dec;68(6):1744-1752. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2018.05.224. Epub 2018 Aug 17. PMID: 30126781.
  14. Gabriel A, Maxwell GP. Economic Analysis Based on the Use of Closed-Incision Negative-Pressure Therapy after Postoperative Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Jan;143(1S Management of Surgical Incisions Utilizing Closed-Incision Negative-Pressure Therapy):36S-40S. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000005311. PMID: 30586102.
  15. Gabriel A, et al, Effects of Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation versus Standard of Care in Multiple Wound Types: Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 2021 Jan 1;147(1S-1):68S-76S.
  16. Gabriel A, Kahn K, Karmy-Jones R. Use of negative pressure wound therapy with automated, volumetric instillation for the treatment of extremity and trunk wounds: clinical outcomes and potential cost-effectiveness. Eplasty. 2014; 14: e41.
  17. 3M data on file. EM-05-014684
  18. 3M data on file. EM-05-000138
  19. 3M data on file. EM-05-000003
  20. 3M data on file. EM-05-104692, EM-05-014725. May be left in place for up to 28 days depending on the condition on the wound/incision and the surrounding skin, or as indicated by clinical practice. Can be worn until it leaks, loses adhesion, needs to be removed for wound/incision inspection or other clinical needs.