Topical negative pressure may help chronic wound healing

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7345.1100 (Published 04 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1100
  1. Sanjay Azad, specialist registrar in plastic surgery (sanjay_azad@hotmail.com),
  2. H Nishikawa, consultant plastic surgeon
  1. Department of Plastic Surgery, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham B4 6NH

    EDITOR—Harding et al's review article on healing chronic wounds1 fails to mention treatment with topical negative pressure, which has an emerging role in the management of chronic wounds. 2 3

    The simple technique entails applying an open-pore foam dressing (polyurethane ether) to the wound. This dressing is sealed with transparent adhesive drape. A negative pressure or suction force is then applied across the wound via a drainage …

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