What is the role of negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) in the treatment of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Another potentially promising treatment option is NPWT using VAC. [144, 145, 146] NPWT enhances wound healing by reducing edema, increasing the rate of granulation tissue formation, and stimulating circulation. Increased blood flow translates into a reduction in the bacterial load (removal of interstitial tissue) and delivery of infection-fighting leukocytes. [147]


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