What is the Episode of Care Assurance Program (eCAP)?

eCAP is your warranty against unnecessary infections, implant failures and readmissions.

Why should eCAP be important to my hospital?

Our healthcare providers are being challenged in new ways today:

  • Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement ruling
  • Move to Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) Readmission Reduction Program (RRP)

This means healthcare providers must strive to prevent unplanned readmissions.

How does eCAP work?

The eCAP program combines Smith & Nephew’s leading hip and knee implants with its PICO™ Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and ACTICOAT™ Flex 7 Antimicrobial Barrier Dressings. The eCAP warranty agreement insures the cost of the Smith and Nephew implant for the first 90 days post-procedure against surgical site infection or implant failure. This means, if a patient is readmitted with a surgical site infection or if there is an implant failure, Smith & Nephew will refund the hospital the cost of the implant, plus PICO and ACTICOAT Flex 7.*Please contact your Smith & Nephew representative for more details.


  • Provide compression to the periwound area1
  • Help reduce edema1
  • Lock exudate away from the incision2
  • Canister free NPWT
  • Off the shelf ready
  • Patient friendly
References. 1. Sugure, Miachael et al. 2016. " World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) Consensus Document. Closed Surgical Incisions in Management: Understanding the Role of NPWT." Wounds International. 2. Malmsjo, M., Huddleston, E., Martin, R. (2014). Biological effects of a disposable, canisterless Negative Pressure Wound Therapy system (in vitro). Eplasty, 14:e15.
*A formal business agreement is required to execute the eCAP program