Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: Use with care
MedSun: Newsletter #53, October 2010

FDA Medical Device Safety

New device and dressing features have been added that make Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) safer, more efficient, and more user-friendly in care settings other than hospitals, such as in long-term care facilities, rehab centers, and even patients' homes. Although many patients have benefited from NPWT, adverse events – including deaths and serious injuries - have been reported to the FDA. Precautions healthcare professionals can take when using these devices are discussed.

Additional Information:

FDA Medical Device Safety. Negative pressure wound therapy: Use with care. September 2010.

FDA Patient Safety News (video). Serious Complications with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy. January 2010.

FDA MedWatch Safety Alert. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) systems - Preliminary Public Health Notification. November 16, 2009.

Advice for Patients: Serious Complications with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Devices. November 16, 2009.

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