Presentation recorded at the 6th International NPWT Expert Meeting, Berlin 20-21 March 2015.
General surgery workstream
Pauline Whitehouse presented a pathway for highrisk laparotomy incisions which included the prophylactic use of PICO. Prior to the introduction of iNPWT, 7.69% of patients developed a Surgical Wound Infection (estimated treatment cost £10k per patient); after PICO, incidence was 1.96% (p=0.049). The potential saving if PICO was used on all laparotomies is £45,760 (one hospital, performing about 102 laparotomies per year).