5th International NPWT Expert Meeting
Frankfurt, Germany, 21st and 22nd March 2014
Chaired by Professors Don Hudson (South Africa), James Stannard (USA) and Norbert Runkel (Germany), with over 230 delegates, this meeting of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy experts in Frankfurt represented the largest number of countries at a Smith & Nephew NPWT meeting to date. As the volume of research and published papers on NPWT continues to grow, market delegates were the recipients of presentations and interactive discussions that exposed them to some of the most comprehensive new clinical developments in NPWT. After an insight on the Mode of action of NPWT (Hudson, Ichioka and Fraccalvieri), the program has focused on the use of negative pressure on flaps, skin grafts, closed surgical incisions, fracture wounds and open abdomen (Maitz, Duteille, Karlakki, Stannard and Runkel).
The second part of the meeting has focused on the use of negative pressure in the prevention of post-surgical complications in high-risk patients. Final and interim results of a series of clinical trials in orthopaedic, plastic cardiothoracic general and ob-gyn surgery (Giannini, Brem, Van der Hulst, Nuila, Pellino and Burns).
Attendee feedback following the meeting revealed that 95% of the attendees that voted (over 50% of the 226 attendees) will consider reviewing and changing some aspects of their clinical practice, after having heard about the available evidence and after the specialty-specific discussions on patient identification and potential clinical protocol.
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