7 February 2018

Smith & Nephew announces European launch of new PICO™ 7 Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System

Smith & Nephew (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business, is pleased to announce the European launch of the new PICO 7 Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (sNPWT).

PICO 7 delivers a number of enhancements which benefit both the clinical effectiveness and patient experience.

Clinically PICO 7 delivers a more efficient vacuum and superior leak management1, designed to support improved application on anatomically challenging areas where it is traditionally more difficult to achieve and maintain a seal. It also includes an industry-first dressing-full indicator for sNPWT devices, which is intended to reduce unnecessary dressing changes and wastage.

For the patient, PICO 7 is more than 25% quieter than the previous version2 making it less intrusive, of particular value when the patient is outside the home or sleeping. There is also a new user interface to simplify patient operation and a belt clip to improve portability.

Dr Theresa Hurd, RN, MScN, PhD said “Having tried PICO 7 I can confirm that it has real clinical, economic and patient benefits. With the new PICO 7 system I can be confident that we will experience fewer leaks and can hence reduce the number of nurse interventions, reducing costs and improving care.”

PICO 7 is designed for patients at risk of poor healing, and has been shown to help minimise the failures of healing that may lead to infection and/or dehiscence3. It is suitable for use in both a hospital and community setting and approved for a number of indications, including surgically closed incision sites. A recently published meta-analysis, demonstrated the efficacy of PICO used prophylactically for SSI reduction in closed surgical incisions compared with standard care3.

“With PICO we revolutionised the use of negative pressure wound therapy, making a treatment previously only available in a hospital inpatient setting available to outpatients in a clinical and cost effective portable solution,” said Paolo Di Vincenzo, Smith & Nephew’s SVP of Advanced Wound Management. “With PICO 7 we have delivered significant design improvements that contribute to improved patient outcomes, patient management and HCP efficiency, keeping Smith & Nephew at the forefront of delivering pioneering portable negative pressure solutions.”

It was confirmed that PICO 7 met all relevant European requirements on Wednesday 24th January 2018.



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Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to supporting healthcare professionals in their daily efforts to improve the lives of their patients. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has more than 15,000 employees and a presence in more than 100 countries. Annual sales in 2016 were almost $4.7 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN).

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1.Data on file report. DS.16.352.R Measurement of NPWT device air leak tolerance – PICO vs PICO II. September 2016.

2. Data on file report. DS.17.592.R.V2 Project Opal Acoustic testing report. November 2017.

3. 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 (2017). DOI 10.1089/sur.2017.156