Closed surgical incisions

Performance around surgical site infections, complications and readmissions is critical in healthcare today. The PICO Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) System makes it easier to include NPWT in a risk-stratified protocol for high-risk patients and high-risk procedures.

Is PICO the appropriate option for your closed incisions? When determining whether PICO is the appropriate choice for an incision – or whether a standard dressing would be better, there are two primary considerations:

  • Is the patient high-risk for complications
  • Which PICO Dressing size best fits the incision

The PICO System may help reduce the risk of surgical site complications as part of a comprehensive clinical protocol. The PICO System has been used on incisions including:

  • C-section
  • Hysterectomy
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Sternotomy
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Calcaneus Fracture
  • Mastectomy
  • Breast Reduction

PICO for closed surgical incisions

  • Reduce complications – PICO has been shown to help reduce surgical site complications1,2
  • Simple application – various sized dressings with up to 7 day wear time . . . just dress, press, and go
  • Positive outcomes – studies have shown that PICO may reduce the risk of surgical site complications and subsequent readmissions as part of a clinical protocol to manage incisions for high-risk patients3,1
  • Patient friendly – canister-free, pocket-sized PICO allows patients to be comfortable, shower, and perform everyday activities3
  • Cost effective – length of stay in the hospital may be reduced as patient can be discharged on the PICO System1,2
References
  1. Harris, J., et al. Using a multi-faceted active process and infection prevention to reduce post-op C-section infections. Poster presented at SAWC Spring 2013.
  2. Karlakki, S., Brem, M., Giannini, S., Khanduja, V., Stannard, J., and Martin, R. Negative pressure wound therapy for management of the surgical incisions in orthopaedic surgery. BJR. 2013.
  3. Hurd, T., Trueman, P., & Rossington, A. Use of portable, single use negative pressure wound therapy device in home care patients with low to moderately exuding wounds: a case series. Ostomy Wound Management. Volume 60. Issue 3. March 2014.