Wound Healing Outcomes
Wound prevention is the most cost effective and clinically preferred outcome. However, when healing wounds, time to heal and the total cost for wound closure are the most important factors.
Healing Wounds – In a recent study, wounds treated with Invia Liberty NPWT resulted in significant wound healing over the study period. Within the first four weeks of NPWT with the Medela NPWT system, the average wound area was 57.10% smaller, and the wound volume decreased by 83.31%. By the end of the study, the average wound area had decreased by 72.82%, and the wound volume had achieved an average of 89.79% healing, over an average of 40 days of therapy.1
Providing Comfortable Therapy – In the same study, patients did not report any pain associated with negative pressure wound therapy dressing changes. There were not any reports of tissue disruption with Medela dressing changes.1
Cost Avoidance – In the study referenced above, the facilities participating in the study achieved a savings of more than $40 a day or over $1000.00 per month using the Joerns NPWT solution. This is roughly 43 to 64% lower costs over their current provider.1
Preventing Wounds in Complex Environments – Maintaining tissue perfusion is a key factor to avoid developing a pressure ulcer. The higher the tissue perfusion, the less chance a patient has of developing a pressure ulcer. An evaluation at the VA LaJolla Medical Center, in association with the UC San Diego Division of Plastic Surgery, showed statistically significant improvement of tissue blood flow while on the Dolphin mattress relative to a standard bed and gurney: 87% retention of perfusion on the Dolphin mattress vs. 16% on the standard mattress2.