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Reshaping the Boundaries of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT)

NPWT provision is currently hindered by various clinical, operational and financial challenges…but we have the answer1,2

Delayed patient discharge, billing disputes, and the administrative burden all add to the cost and complexity of negative pressure wound therapy.3 In turn, these factors risk impacting access to care and putting avoidable pressure on healthcare resources,1-3 potentially impeding the proven clinical benefits of NPWT.4-7

New expert panel reccomendations for the optimization of NPWT in the treatment of acute and chronic wounds offer an evidence-based framework to guide clinicians in the appropriate use of NPWT devices and improve overall patient, financial and operational outcomes.7 

To familiarize yourself with the expert panel reccomendations and learn how to apply them in your clinical practice, register for the Wounds International conference, taking place on 21st-23rd June, and join a multi-disciplinary panel discussion with Dr Hurd, Dr Sian Fumarola and Dr Kirsner who will discuss how to:

  • Guide the choice between traditional and single-use use systems
  • Address operational complexity and improve access to care
  • Facilitate patient discharge and transfer with NPWT
  • Limit avoidable costs of delayed discharge, bed days, and lost pumps
  • Alleviate the administrative burden of insurance requirements

Register now


Making evidence-based decisions

Download the expert panel reccomendations here

Download and implement the new decision-making pathway.

If you are in the USA, download the pathway here
If you are outside the USA, download the pathway here


Further reading

To investigate current obstacles entrenched in NPWT and quantify their impact on delivering optimal care,  read the latest article by Dr Kirsner and Dr Hurd


For additional information and guidance, or if you have difficulty registering, please contact us


Helping you get CLOSER TO ZERO waste of healthcare resources.


1. Hurd, T. et al. International Consensus Panel Recommendations for the Optimization of Traditional and Single-Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in the Treatment of Acute and Chronic Wounds. Wounds 2021;33(suppl 2):S1–S11.
2. Kirsner, Hurd. Assessing the Need for Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Utilization Guidelines: An Overview of the Challenges With Providing Optimal Care Wounds 2020;32(12):
3. Saunders C, Buzza K, Nherera L. A Single Use Negative Pressure System* Reduces Surgical Site Complications compared with Conventional dressings in Closed Surgical Incisions: A Systematic Literature Review with Meta-Analysis. Paper presented at: European Wound Management Association (EWMA) Conference; 2019; Gothenburg, Sweden.
4. Forlee M, van Zyl L, Louw H, Nel J, Fourie N, Hartley R. A randomised controlled trial to compare the clinical efficacy and acceptability of adjustable intermittent and continuous Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) in a new portable NPWT system. Poster presented at: EWMA;9-11 May, 2018; Krakow, Poland.
5. Dowsett C, Hampton K, Myers D, Styche T. Use of PICO to improve clinical and economic outcomes in hard-to-heal wounds. Wounds International. 2017;8(2):52-58.
6. Hurd T, Rossington A, Trueman P, Smith J.A Retrospective Comparison of the Performance of Two Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Systems in the Management of Wounds of Mixed Etiology. Advances in Wound Care. 2017;6(1):33-37.

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