Each year in the United States, more than 350,000 dog bite victims are seen in emergency rooms (totaling about 1% of all ER visits) and approximately 750,000 bite victims receive medical attention. In addition, dog and other animal bites are prone to infection, leading to complications and longer healing times. In this clinical study, medical staff found that when compared with leaving wounds open, negative pressure wound therapy reduced the infection rate and shortened recovery time for dog bite victims.
This article (Part 1 in a two-part series) from Today’s Veterinary Practice takes a look at surgical drains used for wounds (traumatic or surgical), drains for peritoneal and pleural spaces, and drains used in negative pressure wound therapy. This first article covers indications for drain use, types, benefits & drawbacks, and common complications.
This study showed that healing time was halved in dogs treated with wound vacs, underlining the value of negative pressure wound therapy for complicated wounds.
This is a case study in which negative pressure wound therapy was used on clean, closed surgical wounds. Learn more about the outcomes & implications of the use of NPWT for post-surgical patients.
This article from NCBI reviews current practices in the management of chronic wounds, including the role of negative pressure therapy in wound care.
This shared post from Wound Source reviews what healthcare providers should do when applying negative pressure wound therapy (Part 1 in a series).
In this post, we look at the types of wounds negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is used for and briefly describe how the process works.
In this third post in our series on wound types and treatments, we’ll take a look at how negative pressure wound therapy can be used to treat complex open wounds.
A brief look at what wounds are, the two major wound types and some of the most common ways they’re caused.
This article explores the development & complications of bedsores and pressure ulcers, and how and why wound vacs & negative pressure wound therapy are used to heal them.
A look at Indiana health care and reporting of pressure ulcers (bedsores).
A look at wound care and pain management, and the factors involved in finding the right solutions for different patients.
A look at wound care & treatment and creating an atmosphere of competent, successful, logical care for patients.