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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | May 2012

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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: right for the wound but is it right for the patient?

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: right for the wound but is it right for the patient?
Wound Management

Pages: 25 - 32

Article topics: Disposable NPWT, Innovation in wound care, Patient empowerment, Quality of life, Wound Care

In a short reflective exercise, the introduction of disposable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) was shown to improve the patient experience of being managed in the community with a complex wound. District nurses and treatment room staff found the system easy to use and in their view, it extended the interval required between dressing changes and time taken to carry out wound care. This article considers the benefits of NPWT, illustrating these with patient reflections and comments.

Lynne Watret RGN, MA, MN, PGCert TLHE CNS Tissue Viability, Primary Care, Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board.

Article accepted for publication: January 2012