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Wound Healing and Cost-Saving Benefits of Combining Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy with Silver

Karr, Jeffrey C. DPM; de Mola, Fernando Loret MD; Pham, Tri MD; Tooke, Leslie RN

doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000434518.86905.8a

ABSTRACT A 20-patient case series is presented, demonstrating the incorporation of a silver antimicrobial negative-pressure dressing and a negative-pressure wound therapy device for improved healing outcomes, decreased nursing time expenditure, and decreased cost expenditure.

This retrospective case series presentation discusses the effects of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) used in combination with a silver, antimicrobial negative pressure dressing versus NPWT alone.

Jeffrey C. Karr, DPM, is a podiatrist; Fernando Loret de Mola, MD, is a physician; Tri Pham, MD, is a physician; and Leslie Tooke, RN, is a registered nurse, all at The Wound Care Center at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Florida.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

Submitted October 15, 2012; accepted in revised form March 8, 2013.

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