The way out of the vacuum of evidence!

A decision of the Federal Joint Committee Germany states that negative pressure wound therapy is not accepted as a standard therapy with full reimbursement by the health insurance companies in Germany. This decision is based on the rapid report and the final report of the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, which demonstrated through systematic reviews and meta-analysis of previous study projects that an insufficient state of evidence regarding the use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) for treatment of acute and chronic wounds exists.

The independent scientific “Institute for Research in Operative Medicine” (IFOM) as part of the University of Witten / Herdecke and the manufacturer Kinetic Concepts Incorporated (KCI) initiated a study to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of NPWT for the treatment of subcutaneous abdominal wound healing impairment after surgery compared with standard conventional wound therapy.

Treatment of Subcutaneous Abdominal Wound Healing Impairment after surgery without fascial dehiscence
by Vacuum Assisted Closure™
SAWHI–V.A.C.® Study
versus standard conventional wound therapy

The aim of the study is to compare the clinical, safety and economic results of both treatment arms and to generate solid evidence regarding the efficacy of NPWT.

Study results will be provided until the end of 2014 to contribute to the final decision of the Federal Joint Committee Germany regarding the general admission of negative pressure wound therapy as a standard performance within both medical sectors.


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