Long-Term Care

Negative pressure wound therapy: The pros and cons

PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, January 1, 2009

With negative pressure wound therapy becoming a more common form of wound care treatment, many long-term care facilities are struggling with questions about when to use the treatment and whether administering negative pressure therapy constitutes skilled care. The high cost of negative pressure wound therapy, which applies a vacuum-like pressure to heal wounds, deters many facilities from using the technique. Negative pressure wound therapy devices are often referred to as Wound V.A.C.s, the name of a device manufactured by Kinetic Concepts, Inc. However, other companies, including Smith & Nephew, Medela Healthcare, and Innovative Therapies, Inc., also make negative pressure wound therapy devices and rent them to healthcare providers.

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