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PICO 1.6

Unprecedented success in single-use NPWT1

The information on this website is intended for healthcare professionals only.

PICO Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (sNPWT) has been clinically effective in enhancing the speed, quality and strength of wound healing across a variety of surgical procedures and patient types1-4 since its release in 2011, offering canister-free, portable and disposable sNPWT.


Improved efficiencies with poitive patient outcomes1-6

  • Estimated cost savings of up to 33% showed on improved healing of hard-to-heal wounds compared with predicted care with standard dressings*3
  • 68% of  wounds of mixed aetiology healed within 8 weeks*7-8
  • Estimated 120 days of nursing time released over a 6-month period compared with predicted healing from standard care**3

Do you currently use PICO? Try new, enhanced PICO 7

Clinically effective for the treatment of acute9-11, chronic3,8-9,12-16 and surgically closed incision sites1-2,5,9-10,17-25. Helping you get CLOSER TO ZERO delay in wound healing.

How PICO works.

PICO application - surgically closed incision sites

PICO application - diabetic foot ulcer


Watch more PICO videos on our Education & Evidence site

See the PICO size chart and ordering information.

View our guide to identifying patients with a high risk of wound complication.

For any specific patient requirements, or for help identifying the right dressing choice, please contact us.


*n-326; mean duration wound 9 weeks before treatment with PICO
**Prospective cohort study of 52 wounds; PICO healed wounds n=14


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1) Strugala V and Martin R. Meta-analysis of comparative trials evaluating a prophylactic single-use negative pressure wound therapy system for the prevention of surgical site complications. Surgical Infections 2018; 18 (7):810-819. DOI: 10.1089/sur.2017.156.
2) O’Leary D.P. et al, Prophylactic negative pressure dressing use in closed laparotomy wounds following abdominal operations. A randomised, controlled, open-label trial: The P.I.C.O. trial. Ann Surg. 2017; Jun 265(6):1082-1086.
3) Dowsett C et al. Use of PICO to improve clinical and economic outcomes in hard-to-heal wounds. Wounds Int. 2017; 8(2):52-58.
4) Hampton J. Providing cost-effective treatment of hard-to-heal wounds in the community through use of NPWT. Br J Community Nurs. 2015; 20:S14–S20.
5) Karlakki SL et al. Incisional negative pressure wound therapy dressings (iNPWTd) in routine primary hip and knee arthroplasties: A randomised controlled trial. Bone & Joint Research (2016) Vol 5 (Issue 8): pp 328-337 doi:10.1302/2046-3758.58.BJR-2016-0022.R1.
6) Nherera LM et al. Cost-effectiveness analysis of single-use negative pressure wound therapy dressings (sNPWT) to reduce surgical site complications (SSC) in routine primary hip and knee replacements. Wound Repair & Regeneration 2017; 25(3):474-482. DOI:10.1111/wrr.12530
7) Hurd T; Evaluating the costs and benefits of innovations in chronic wound care products and practices; Ostomy Wound Management supplement, June 2013.
8) Hurd T; Trueman P; Rossington A; Use of a portable, single-use negative pressure wound therapy device in home care patients with low to moderately exuding wounds: a case series; Ostomy Wound Management supplement, 60: 30-36. Issue 3, 2014.
9) Canonico S et al. Therapeutic possibilities of portable NPWT. Initial multidisciplinary observation with the negative pressure therapy device. Acta Vulnol Issue 2, 2012; 10: 57-66.
10) Payne C, Edwards D: Application of the single-use negative pressure wound therapy device (PICO) on a heterogeneous group of surgical and traumatic wounds: Eplasty Apr 2014, 14: e20.
11) Rossington, A; A prospective, open, non-comparative, multicentre study to evaluate the functionality and dressing performance of a new negative pressure enhanced dressing (NPED) in acute wounds, CT09/02, May 2015.
12) Stryja J et al, 2015: Farmakoekonomika Ambulantní Terapie RanKontrolovaným Podtlakem (Cost-Effectiveness of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in Outpatient Setting). Rozhl Chir 94(8): 322–28, 2015
13) Dunn R et al. Factors associated with positive outcomes in 131 patients treated with gauze-based negative pressure wound therapy Int J Surg. 9(3):258-262. 2011.
14) Young, S.R. ; Hampton, S; Martin, R; Non-invasive assessment of negative pressure wound therapy using high frequency diagnostic ultrasound: oedema reduction and new tissue accumulation; Int Wound J. 2013;10(4):383-388.
15) Rafiq G; A Prospective, open non-comparative, multi-centre study to evaluate the functionality and dressing performance of a new single-use negative pressure wound therapy dressing (PICO) in shallow chronic wounds, CT 10/01, Feb 2012.
16) Schwartz J.A., et al, 2015: Single-Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for the treatment of chronic lower leg wounds. Journal of Wound Care 24: Issue S2 S4-9.
17) Galiano R.D., Hudson D, Shin J, et al. Incisional negative pressure wound therapy for prevention of wound healing complications following reduction mammoplasty. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2018;6:e1560; doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000001560; Published online 12 January 2018.
18) Witt-Majchrzak et al: Preliminary outcome of treatment of post-operative primarily closed sternotomy wounds treated using negative pressure wound therapy. Polish Journal of Surgery (2014) Vol 86(Issue 10): 456-465.
19) Rodden D. et al. NPWT: Incision management in high risk cardiothoracic patients reducing surgical site infection and length of stay, Poster presented at STSC Conference 2015.
20) Holt R and Murphy J. PICO incision closure in oncoplastic breast surgery: a case series. Br J Hosp Med 2015; 76(4):217-223.
21) Selvaggi F et al., New Advances in Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) for Surgical Wounds of Patients Affected with Crohn’s Disease. Surgical Technology International XXIV; 83- 89.
22) Pellino G et al. Prophylactic Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in colorectal surgery. Effects on surgical site events: current status and call to action, Updates Surg 2015; DOI 10.10007/s 13304-015-0298-z.
23) Nordmeyer M et al. Negative pressure wound therapy for seroma prevention and surgical incision treatment in spinal fracture care. Int Wound Journal 2015; DOI: 10.111/iwj.12436.
24) Matsumoto, T. and Parekh S.G. Use of negative pressure wound therapy on closed surgical incision after total ankle arthroplasty. Foot & Ankle International (2015) Vol 36 (Issue 7): 787-794.
25) Bullough,L. et al. Reducing c-section wound complications. The Clinical Services Journal (2015) April: 2-6.


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