G_CS_51 Guideline for Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

The purpose of this standard operating procedure is to ensure competency and standardise the application of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy within LCHS NHS Trust.

The use of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) has increased significantly over recent years. With surgical intervention on an elderly compromised patient population becoming more common, health professionals are faced with many complex wound healing challenges. NPWT is used to promote wound healing and manage some of the symptoms of the wound such as copious exudate. As such it can improve both the healing of the wound and the quality of life for the patient.

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