“Gain an understanding of Negative Pressure Wound therapy”
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) is utilised in a variety of acute and chronic wounds. The benefits are well documented including increased blood supply, stimulation of granulation tissue, oedema management, and improved wound healing. Historically NPWT was applied in the acute care setting as an adjunct therapy in the management of open fractures, skin grafts, diabetic foot wounds including surgical amputation, open abdominal wounds ard dehisced sternal wounds post cardiac surgery.
Early systems were electrically powered devices with canisters for exudate collection. The Vacuum-assisted closure system (VAC) developed by KCI was a pioneer for NPWT using a polyurethane foam dressing as an interface to the wound surface and the vacuum source which was connected via tubing to the pump creating a negative pressure. Further research and technology saw the introduction of gauze-based dressings instead of foam and new NPWT products arrived on the market.
Technology has seen further development of NPWT systems that are disposable and portable allowing use of the treatment in the community setting.
This webinar explores the changes in Negative Pressure Wound Therapy as an adjunct therapy for chronic and complex wounds and its impact on wound management in the community health care setting.
In this session you will:
- Gain an understanding of Negative Pressure Wound therapy
- Explore the benefits of NPWT to wound healing
- Review the changes in technology and impact on use of NWPT
- Investigate the use in clinical practice
Masters Nursing Science (Nurse Practitioner), BA (Hons), RN
Louise has over 20 years’ experience in wound management and has worked across a number of public hospitals and Community Nurse Settings both in Australia and overseas.
She completed her Master of Nursing Science with QUT & became an endorsed Nurse Practitioner in 2014 and currently runs her own private practice in Skin Integrity & Wound Management. She works collaboratively with a number of Aged Care providers, private hospitals and community nursing services. Louise also runs 2 specialist wound clinics for a GP practice and community nursing group…Read More>>