Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) for spinal wounds: a systematic review.

  title={Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) for spinal wounds: a systematic review.},
  author={Karen J. Ousey and Ross A Atkinson and John B. Williamson and Steve Lui},
  journal={The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society},
  volume={13 10},
BACKGROUND CONTEXT The management of postoperative spinal wound complication remains a challenge, with surgical site infection (SSI) incidence rates ranging from 0.4% to 20% after spinal surgery. Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has been highlighted as an intervention that may stimulate healing and prevent SSI. However, the wound healing mechanism by NPWT and its effectiveness in spinal wounds still remain unclear. PURPOSE To systematically search, critically appraise, and summarize… CONTINUE READING
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