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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Wound therapy can often be both expensive and difficult for the patient.  Recent developments in Negative Pressure Wound Therapy or “Wound-vacs” have provided an alternative solution for the patient that can be very effective and cost efficient.  Many different types of wounds, either chronic or acute, can now be treated utilizing this therapy.  You can even use this breakthrough technology in the comfort of your own home.

Pressure sores or ulcers, also known as bed sores, can cause a huge amount of discomfort and pain.  These conditions can be treated effectively in early detection, but the latter stages demand more drastic measures.  The elderly, wheelchair bound and terminally ill can be very susceptible to these conditions and can make the healing process much more lengthy and difficult.  The most common places for these to appear are areas of “bony” prominence where the underlying tissue is affected by both pressure and friction.

Simple and non-invasive methods can be utilized in the initial stages of these conditions such as turning and repositioning the patient to avoid constant pressure on isolated areas.  In the latter stages, however, more aggressive therapy must be utilized.  In-home negative pressure wound therapy starts by dressing the wounds to cover the negative space from the surface of the skin.  The area is then sealed and a drainage tube is applied which allows a vacuum pump to remove excess fluid and dead or dying tissue.  This allows an open wound that would normally be highly susceptible to infections and bacteria to become a closed wound in a controlled environment drastically reducing the healing process.  You can learn more at Aeroflowinc.com.

This process may seem complicated and like it requires bulky equipment cluttering up your home.  Today’s wound-vac systems are not only small and effective, but also affordable.  This allows the patient to be in the comfort of their own home with effective treatment at cost that is not overwhelming.   Traditional methods can be cumbersome and expensive.  Negative pressure wound therapy can not only be used for stage III and IV wounds, but can also be effective in treating 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

In-home wound vacs are beneficial for both the patient and hospitals.  Effective negative pressure wound therapy can reduce the length of hospital stay, minimize the need for surgical procedures, and lower nursing costs.  It also requires fewer wound dressing changes.  This is better and more cost-effective on both the patient and health-care provider ends of the spectrum.  Do you have a condition that could benefit from negative pressure wound therapy?  Ask your doctor today!  Our specialists are ready to answer all of your questions and help utilize your insurance benefits at a cost affordable to you.  Call us today at 888-345-1780 with any questions you might have.

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