Smith & Nephew has released a new negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) device specifically designed for people who want/need to ambulate. Unlike its larger cousins, the RENASYS GO can be worn around the neck like a fashionable MP3 player. Except, it sucks at your gross wound, but no one has to know.
From the press release announcing the product:
The RENASYS GO is intuitive, lightweight, portable and quiet, and can be used with the RENASYS-F foam and RENASYS-G gauze wound interfaces, the broadest selection of interfaces available from a single supplier. This enables clinicians to tailor NPWT to meet their patients’ unique needs and the specific requirements of their wounds, with clear improvements in patient comfort, ease of use, and cost-effectiveness.
Southern Ontario-based Nursing Practice Solutions Inc. conducted a study in Canada comparing average total costs required to treat patients with conventional dressings to the same costs required to treat patients with gauze- and foam-based NPWT, in cases for which NPWT was appropriate. The study found that the cost-per-patient treated with NPWT was 55% less than the cost-per-patient treated with conventional dressings, and that wounds treated with NPWT healed more quickly than wounds treated with conventional dressings. Among patients treated with NPWT, there was no difference in healing times between wounds dressed with foam and those dressed with gauze.
In addition to its small, easy to carry footprint and quiet operation, Smith & Nephew designed RENASYS GO with the additional features customers want to support the patient’s dignity and facilitate its ease of use.
* It is lightweight – weighing less than three pounds and comes with an attractive, discrete carrying case.
* The frosted 300cc canister minimizes the visibility of exudate.
* Multiple alarms and the patient lock-out feature enhance patient safety.
* An extended, 20-hour battery life and less than four-hour charge-up time extend mobility.
* User-friendly digital settings reduce the risk of error.