What is Negative Pressure Wound Therapy?
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) is a method of decreasing air pressure around a wound to assist the healing.
This system may help your wound heal more quickly by:
What happens during NPWT treatment of a wound?
What if the alarm goes off?
The pump may sound an alarm if there is a leak in the seal of your dressing. Here’s what to do:
- If you have a home health nurse, call the nurse to come and repair or replace the dressing.
- If you have your dressings changed in the clinic, call the clinic and tell them you need to go in and have your dressing repaired or replaced.
- Do not keep the NPWT dressing on without suction for more than 2 hours, as this can cause infection. If you cannot get your dressing repaired or replaced within 2 hours from your healthcare provider, ask them if you should remove the entire dressing and place a gauze dressing over the wound.
- If, you have any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately. fever
- bleeding around the wound
- rash around your wound
- nausea or vomiting
- sore throat
- if there is blood or blood clots in the tubing or collection chamber of the device