Presentation recorded at the 6th International NPWT Expert Meeting, Berlin 20-21 March 2015.
Carlos Velasco presented the preliminary results of a study testing the use of PICO to reduce the incidence of incisional complications after sternotomy compared to standard care (dry dressing). High risk patients (n=362) undergoing isolated or combined myocardial revascularisation surgery were included. Incisions were examined at day 7 and one month post surgery. Analysis so far shows a reduction in both the severity and number of infections (5.8% vs 10.8). Total treatment costs (including treatments, antibiotic therapy, hospitalization and surgery) were estimated to be €81k in the PICO group and €255k in the control group.