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Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Introduction to PICO

Introduction to PICO

In 2012, a breakthrough in negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) was launched – the PICO Single Use NPWT System. The PICO System delivers the same level of effective negative pressure as traditional systems – in a canister-free, pocket-sized device.

The revolutionary technology of the dressing allows the PICO System to be canister-free and disposable. This, in turn, enables NPWT to be an option for a wider range of patients in all care settings.

The clinical benefits of NPWT are well established for chronic or dehisced wounds. The easy to use PICO System expands the options for applying NPWT to many wound conditions, as well as closed surgical incisions. PICO is appropriate for:

  • Acute wounds
  • Chronic wounds
  • Closed surgical incisions
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Sub-acute and dehisced wounds
  • Flaps and grafts
  • Partial-thickness burns
  • Ulcers – diabetic, pressure, leg

PICO application and mode of action

Dressing technology

Dressing technology that eliminates the need for bulky canisters1

  • Easy to apply on various wound types or location, or on closed surgical incisions
  • Can be worn up to 7 days, depending on exudate level

4-layer design

  1. Top film layer with a high moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) allows one-way transpiration of exudate vapor
  2. Proprietary absorbent layer moves exudate away from the wound and initiates evaporation
  3. Airlock layer maintains open airflow and allows even distribution of negative pressure across the dressing
  4. Silicone contact allows fluid to pass and minimizes pain of removal

PICO 4-layer dressing

Pump technology

Effectiveness of traditional NPWT in a pocket-sized, canister-free system2,3

  • Small and portable
  • Simple to apply and operate
  • Disposable
  • Quiet
  • Off-the-shelf ready

Size and simplicity support patient mobility

  • Adaptive from hospital to long term care, outpatient settings, or home care
  • Easy to wear4
  • Comfortable for patients to go about their daily lives4

Pump technology video


Pump nomenclature

PICO pump diagram

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  1. DS/11/037/R2 In vitro wound model testing of PICO at a moderate exudate flow rate.
  2. CSR/CT09/02 A prospective, open, non-comparative, multi-centre study to evaluate the functionality and dressing performance of a new negative pressure enhanced dressing in acute wounds.
  3. Data on File 1104011 Assessment of simplified NPWT device in pre-clinical blood flow studies.
  4. OC DOF/012 A prospective, open, non-comparative, multi-centre study to evaluate the functionality and dressing performance of a new negative pressure enhanced dressing in acute wounds.

Closed surgical incisions

Closed surgical incisions

PICO knee applicationPerformance around surgical site infections, complications and readmissions is critical in healthcare today. The PICO Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) System makes it easier to include NPWT in a risk-stratified protocol for high-risk patients and high-risk procedures.

Is PICO the appropriate option for your closed incisions? When determining whether PICO is the appropriate choice for an incision – or whether a standard dressing would be better, there are two primary considerations:

  • Is the patient high-risk for complications
  • Which PICO Dressing size best fits the incision

The PICO System may help reduce the risk of surgical site complications as part of a comprehensive clinical protocol. The PICO System has been used on incisions including:

  • C-section
  • Hysterectomy
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Sternotomy
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Calcaneus Fracture
  • Mastectomy
  • Breast Reduction

PICO for closed surgical incisions

  • Reduce complications – PICO has been shown to help reduce surgical site complications1,2
  • Simple application – various sized dressings with up to 7 day wear time... just dress, press, and go
  • Positive outcomes – studies have shown that PICO may reduce the risk of surgical site complications and subsequent readmissions as part of a clinical protocol to manage incisions for high-risk patients3,1
  • Patient friendly – canister-free, pocket-sized PICO allows patients to be comfortable, shower, and perform everyday activities3
  • Cost effective – length of stay in the hospital may be reduced as patient can be discharged on the PICO System1,2


  1. Harris, J., et al. Using a multi-faceted active process and infection prevention to reduce post-op C-section infections. Poster presented at SAWC Spring 2013.
  2. Karlakki, S., Brem, M., Giannini, S., Khanduja, V., Stannard, J., and Martin, R. Negative pressure wound therapy for management of the surgical incisions in orthopaedic surgery. BJR. 2013.
  3. Hurd, T., Trueman, P., & Rossington, A. Use of portable, single use negative pressure wound therapy device in home care patients with low to moderately exuding wounds: a case series. Ostomy Wound Management. Volume 60. Issue 3. March 2014.