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Europe, the Middle East and Africa; The OneNPWT clinical decision tree for open wounds

Angelos Karatzias, Ardian Karakushi, Caroline Payne, Ethel Andrews, Kevin Adams, Tomasz Banasiewicz
16 February 2023

Chronic non-healing wounds present a substantial economic and epidemiological burden on healthcare systems across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Gupta et al, 2021). Evidence-based recommendations are required to guide clinical decisions regarding negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) systems and to drive clinical, operational, and financial efficiencies for healthcare providers. 

The OneNPWT clinical decision tree is a clinical decision-making tool to help simplify and optimise NPWT provision, and to help guide the selection of RENASYS™ Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (RENASYS™  tNPWT) or PICO™ Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (PICO™  sNPWT). Prompt selection of sNPWT has been shown to quicken patient discharge, improve patient satisfaction, alleviate workloads associated with system maintenance, and reduce healthcare costs (Hurd et al, 2021).

An international panel of clinicians from Cyprus, Kosovo, Poland, South Africa and the United Kingdom experienced in wound care and NPWT use was convened. Specialties of the panellists included nursing, dermatology, orthopaedic surgery, gastrointestinal surgical oncology, and aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. The panel aimed to review the clinical, operational, and financial challenges of using either traditional NPWT (tNPWT) or single-use NPWT (sNPWT), and to validate the potential of the OneNPWT clinical decision tree as an evidence-based decision-making tool in their practice. During the discussion, a facilitator posed questions to the clinicians about the OneNPWT clinical decision tree, including its usefulness for clinical practice, barriers to its adoption, whether they would implement the decision tree in their practice, and suggestions for improvement.

This document provides an overview of the panel’s feedback based on their clinical experience of using the OneNPWT decision tree in practice, with the cases summarised below.

Disclaimer: Supported by an educational grant from Smith+Nephew.

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