What is Negative Pressure Wound Therapy?
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) is a type of wound care treatment that uses a suction device to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection. This therapy is used to treat wounds that are slow to heal, or wounds that have a high risk of infection.
NPWT works by creating a vacuum at the wound site, which helps to remove excess fluid, promote blood flow, and reduce the risk of infection. The vacuum also helps to keep the wound clean and free of bacteria, which is essential for proper healing.
How long will it take to heal my wound?
The length of time it takes for a wound to heal with NPWT will depend on several factors, including the size and type of the wound, the patient's overall health, and any underlying medical conditions. On average, most wounds will take several weeks to a few months to heal with NPWT.
Can I shower with the device?
Yes, it is possible to shower with the NPWT device in place, but it is important to keep the wound and the device dry. Your healthcare provider will give you specific instructions on how to care for your wound and the device while showering.
Is the device noisy?
NPWT devices can be noisy, but the level of noise will depend on the specific device being used. Most devices are designed to be as quiet as possible, but it is important to speak with your healthcare provider about any concerns you may have regarding noise levels.
If the alarm on the NPWT device goes off, it may indicate a problem with the device or the wound. It is important to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer or your healthcare provider to resolve the issue. If you are unable to resolve the issue on your own, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
When should I call for help?
If you experience any problems with your NPWT device or if you notice any signs of infection or other complications, it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible. Some signs that you need help include increased pain, redness or swelling around the wound, discharge from the wound, or a fever. Your healthcare provider will be able to provide you with the best advice on how to care for your wound and when to seek medical attention.