Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is a type of treatment to help wounds heal. It's also known as vacuum-assisted wound closure. During the treatment, a device lowers air pressure on the wound. This can help the wound heal more quickly.
Negative Pressure Helps Wounds Heal By:
Do not allow the device to get wet. Disconnect the tubing from the canister if you take a bath or shower.
Keep the device plugged into a power outlet whenever possible to keep the battery fully charged. Always take the A.C. Power Adapter with you when you leave home.
Keep the device upright to avoid a false Canister Full alert.
Keep the device turned on at all times unless there is bleeding from the wound or instructed by your health care professional.
Do not change the settings on the device unless you are told to do so by your health care professional.
Place the electrical cord to ensure it is not a tripping hazard. When the machine is off or running on the battery unplug the cord and put it away.
Make sure that extra tubing is placed so that it is not a tripping hazard.
Be aware of objects that could catch tubing not covered by the dressing.
Use caution while getting in or out of bed and when possible ask for assistance.
Throughout your treatment you have around-the-clock support and immediate access to our 24/7 nursing hotline for answers to questions about your pump and assistance with pump alarms.
While your physician is your primary source for information about your treatment, there may be times during your treatment that you need assistance with your NPWT device. Our team of compassionate and knowledgeable Registered Nurses (RN) are here to assist every step of the way.