October 2016

Data support Smith & Nephew system

London, UK-based Smith & Nephew’s single-use negative pressure wound therapy system can significantly improve outcome predictions and reduce complications after orthopedic surgery using Pico, according to randomized control trial data presented in September at the European Bone and Joint Infection conference in Oxford.

The 12-month trial compared the use of Pico with standard dressings on closed surgical incisions in 220 patients undergoing primary hip or knee replacement.

Patients receiving Pico had a significant four-fold reduction in extreme wound exudate, a 6% reduction in superficial surgical site infections, and fewer dressing changes and extended hospital stays (1-10 days for the Pico group vs 2-61 days for controls).

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- Emily Delzell

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