Taking Advantage Of ‘App’ Technology To Make Wound Care More Efficient

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD

For a number of years, we at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) have been discussing the philosophical similarities between what we have called “wound chemotherapy” — or the instillation of therapeutics into a wound by way of a negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) device — and the iPhone (or perhaps more apropos, the iPad).

Imagine a day when you will be able to do the following.

* Take a product like Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC therapy, KCI), which might have instillation capabilities.
* Use the on-screen touch pad to order an antimicrobial or pro-angiogenic or anti-inflammatory “wound app” to be instilled by way of the device.
* Then have it delivered from the pharmacy and attached that day.

This could create an entire community of third-party wound “app developers.” These developers would perhaps be industry/academic collaborations or others with an interest in the field who would, at low cost, generate potentially highly useful, highly consistent therapeutic deliverables to a wound.

This idea, coupled with internal wound diagnostics that provide “the agnostic” feedback to the doctor and nurse, gives us a very powerful wound ecosystem indeed.

Doesn't this strike one as an entirely new opportunity for innovation and impact?

When this app store comes online at the end of the bed or at the nurse's station, we will be the first in line.

This blog has been adapted with permission from a previous blog that originally appeared at www.diabeticfootonline.blogspot.com .

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