Surgical site complications and hard-to-heal wounds are a challenge for both providers and patients alike, extending treatment times and increasing costs. New, innovative wound care technologies can help provide greater comfort to your patients while helping you reduce treatment costs.
What is Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT)?
Negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is a therapeutic technique using a vacuum dressing to promote healing in acute, chronic, or burn wounds. The therapy involves using a sealed wound dressing attached to a pump to create a negative pressure environment in the wound, which helps to increase blood flow to the area and draw out excess fluid from the wound.
NPWT has been shown to:
- Stimulate formulation of granulation tissue
- Increase blood flow
- Reduce edema
- Improve wound contraction
- Protect against external contamination
65% of long term care facilities use some form of NPWT1
Introducing New Advanced Wound Care Technology: PICO System
Although an effective therapy, traditional NPWT requires the use of bulky mechanical pumps that restrict patient mobility and activities during the healing process.
PICO, a new advanced wound care technology from Smith & Nephew, delivers the same level of effective negative pressure as traditional systems, but in a unique pocket-sized, canister-free device. The system’s silicone-based, four-layer dressing design manages exudate through simultaneous absorption and evaporation, providing greater comfort, reducing the number of dressing changes, and enabling NPWT to be an option for a wider range of patients in all care settings.
How Does PICO Work?
PICO consists of an NPWT pump connected to an absorbent gentle adhesive dressing that is applied to the wound. When the pump is turned on, air is pulled out of the dressing and excess fluid from the wound will start to enter the dressing. The dressing helps to prevent bacteria from entering the wound. It may also improve blood flow to the wound which will help it to heal. PICO can be used in place of NPWT in close to 85% of all cases.
Benefits of the PICO System
Nursing time is estimated to decrease by 10.5 hours per month1
Reduced nursing time
Positive patient outcomes
High absorption: Approximately 20% of fluid remains inside the dressing
High evaporation: On average, 80% of fluid is evaporated
When to use PICO
The easy-to-use PICO System expands the options for applying NPWT to many wound conditions, as well as closed surgical incisions. PICO is appropriate for:
Is PICO reimbursable?
Yes, a reimbursement claim can be submitted for the PICO system. Verify the appropriate coding information, determine insurance coverage, secure prior authorization and provide sample letters of medical necessity to help expedite the appeals process.
Featured PICO Products
Contact your McKesson Medical-Surgical Account Manager to request a product demonstration of the PICO System.
Clinical Resources from Smith & Nephew
The role of nutrition in pressure injury (PI) prevention and treatment is a well-recognized factor and an essential component of wound management, but is often a “forgotten element”. Wounds will not heal without proper nutrition, and malnutrition is a key risk factor in the development of wounds.
The McKesson WoundCareCompanion™ can help you and your clinical staff save time and money while providing the best care possible. In addition to comprehensive wound care resources, the WoundCareCompanion also features information on nutrition and wound healing.
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