Negative Pressure Wound Therapy better known as Topical Negative Pressure (TNP), stands to be a vacuum assisted procedure for the treatment of ulcer by employing a negative pressure of 60-125 mm Hg on the bed of the wound. The procedure has been employed ever since the year 1995 for the treatment of surgical wounds, severe wounds and more rarely for the ulcers that are hard to heal. Treatment with TNP is employed within the departments of high technology like the department of cardiothoracic surgery, wherein the procedure has been widely assessed for mediastintis post heart surgery (Sjögren J. Vacuum, 2005). The experiences of patients of treatment with TNP for mediastintis has been elucidated in one Swedish doctoral thesis (Swenne C.L., 2006). Plurality of research rest upon the V.A.C. therapy, that was brought forth in the American market in the year 1995 and in Europe in the year 1997(Argenta L.C, Morykwas M.J. Vacuum, 1997). The objective of this research was to assess if the negative pressure would be a clinically feasible alternative for the management of wound in primary care, when taking into consideration the time for the healing of ulcer (gauged in weeks), change in the size of the ulcer (measured in cm² using a digital planimeter) and formulation of the granulation tissue (examined by visual observation). Albeit the calculation costs was not the chief objective, it was thought that it was imperative to report the costs for employing TNP in primary care.
Materials and Methods:
The cases in this research were being treated at Blekinge Wound Healing Center during the years of 2006 to 2008, which stands to be a leg ulcer center for the patients who are diagnosed with ulcers that are hard to heal. The center holds an expertise in primary care and occupies the entire county of Blekinge. Experiences reported from the wound managent care center have given rise to a nationwide quality register for the ulcers that are hard to heal, where...
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