Journal of Trauma & Treatment

ISSN: 2167-1222

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Initial Experience Using a Novel Reticulated Open Cell Foam Dressing with Through Holes during Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation for Management of Pressure Ulcers


Luis Fernandez, Cynthia Ellman and Patricia Jackson

Several published reviews and recommendations exist for the use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) with instillation and a dwell time (NPWTi-d) in acute and chronic wounds. Specific dressings for use with NPWTi-d have also been developed, including a reticulated open cell foam dressing with through holes (ROCF-CC) that assists in removing thick wound exudate and infectious materials. ROCF-CC is especially helpful for wound cleansing when debridement is not possible or appropriate in patients.

We report our initial experiences in using NPWTi-d with ROCF-CC in patients with pressure ulcers. An algorithmic approach was used to determine appropriate treatment to reach the goals of therapy (i.e., wound bed preparation, granulation tissue formation, and removal of infectious materials). Previous therapies included honey and gauze soaked in Dakin’s solution. All patients received antibiotics and debridement when possible.

Five patients (3 females and 2 males) received NPWTi-d with ROCF-CC (instillation of saline or a hypochlorous solution with a dwell time of 10 minutes, followed by 2-3 hours of -125 mmHg NPWT). Patient comorbidities included obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and peripheral artery disease. Mean age of patients was 65.2 years (range: 50-82 years). After an average of 6 days of therapy (range 2-9 days), all wounds treated with NPWTi-d with ROCFCC showed rapid granulation tissue formation.

We also noted improved removal of devitalized tissue and subsequent granulation tissue formation in patients receiving hypochlorous solution compared to patients receiving saline during NPWTi-d with ROCF-CC. All patients were eventually transferred to a skilled nursing facility. In our clinical practice, NPWTi-d with ROCF-CC provided effective and rapid removal of the thick exudate and infectious materials and promoted excellent development of underlying granulation tissue.


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