What are the contraindications for 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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The following are general contraindications for NPWT [148] :

  • Malignancy of the wound
  • Untreated osteomyelitis
  • Nonenteric or unexplored fistulas
  • Known allergies or sensitivity to acrylic adhesives
  • Placement of negative-pressure dressings directly in contact with exposed blood vessels, organs, or nerves

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