Examining The Role Of NPWT In Limb Salvage

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Marie Keplinger, DPM, and John S. Steinberg, DPM

   Researchers utilized the InfoVAC system for the lower extremity wounds of 89 patients during 93 different admissions. The average length of stay for the InfoVAC patients was 10.83 days. In the control group of 78 patients who did not receive InfoVAC therapy, the average length of stay was 13.88 days. The patients receiving InfoVAC therapy had an average length of stay that was 3.05 days fewer than those patients who did not receive InfoVAC.

In Conclusion

   Performing diabetic limb salvage inpatient surgery in a setting of increased financial accountability requires diligent use of resources.

   The preliminary evidence of the KCI InfoVAC system trial at Georgetown University Hospital has shown that one can achieve a decreased length of stay in this patient population through the incorporation of commercially available NPWT into the treatment algorithm. There is an abundance of clinical data that confirms the improved wound healing associated with the use of NPWT systems.14 This retrospective utilization review now provides evidence for improved fiscal accountability for the hospital and care provider as well.

Dr. Keplinger is a third-year resident within the Inova Fairfax Hospital Podiatric Residency Program in Falls Church, Va.
Dr. Steinberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Steinberg is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

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