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Use of the PICO system following suture of a dog bite wound

A 30-year old woman was treated for a dog bite injury on her lower leg. Following surgery her wound measured 7.5cm x 6cm.

The patient was given a PICO System with the 15cm x 20cm dressing, which the surgeon was able to apply in five minutes.

The patient had the PICO System in place at home for ten days, with just the pump changed on the sixth day. On day ten, the patient stopped taking analgesics and a routine dressing change took place showing that the wound was progressing.

On day fourteen, the treatment ended according to the set protocol, with the wound still progressing well. The patient was given an absorbent dressing and IV3000 in order to conclude her treatment.

The clinician commented on the portability and ease of application of the PICO System on this patient who was treated at home.

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Fig 1. The PICO system was applied 4 days after initial suturing due to skin flap necrosis around the edge of the wound

Fig 1. The PICO System was applied 4 days after initial suturing due to skin flap necrosis around the edge of the wound

Fig 1. The PICO System was applied 4 days after initial suturing due to skin flap necrosis around the edge of the wound

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Fig 2. Dressing in place on lower leg post surgery, day 1

Fig 2. Dressing in place on lower leg post surgery, day 1

Fig 2. Dressing in place on lower leg post-surgery, day 1

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Fig 3. Wound after 14 days showing vascularisation through the scar, which the clinician found to be exceptional

Fig 3. Wound after 14 days showing vascularisation through the scar, which the clinician found to be exceptional

Fig 3. Wound after 14 days showing vascularisation through the scar, which the clinician found to be exceptional

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