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What is PICO?

A unique negative pressure wound therapy system with a proprietary design, PICO differs from traditional NPWT in the following ways:

  • Indicated for use on open wounds and closed surgical incisions
  • Canister-free and portable, which can improve patient mobility2
  • Delivers therapy to the wound, wound margin and periwound, which may help reduce seroma and hematoma fluid collections3

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As compared to standard dressings, PICO has been shown to help:

  • Reduce the risk of surgical site infection1,4
  • Reduce hospital readmissions5
  • Improve wound closure rates6
  • Increase patient satisfaction rates6

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Helping you get CLOSER TO ZERO surgical site infections and wound complications

1. Strugala, V., Martin, R. Meta-Analysis of Comparative Trials Evaluating a Prophylactic Single-Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System for the Prevention of Surgical Site Complications. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2017;18(7):810-819. 2. WMP.11446.UEF/R3 Project Fairbanks Human Factors Summary Report Issue 5. G Walker, May 2017. 3. Smith & Nephew January 2018. Outcomes following PICO compared to conventional dressings when used prophylactically on closed surgical incisions: systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Internal Report. EO/AWM/PICO/004/v1. 4. Hyldig N, Vinter CA, Kruse M, et al. Prophylactic incisional negative pressure wound therapy reduces the risk of surgical site infection after caesarean section in obese women: A pragmatic randomised clinical trial. BJOG. 2018 Aug 1. [Epub ahead of print]. 5. Fleming CA, Kuteva M, O'hanlon K, O'brien G, Mcgreal G.Routine use of PICO dressings may reduce overall groin wound complication rates following peripheral vascular surgery. J Hosp Infect. 2018;99(1):75-80. 6. Smith & Nephew March 2018. A Prospective, Randomized, Comparative Effectiveness Study of a Single-Use, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (PICO) versus a Traditional Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (tNPWT) in the Treatment of Lower Extremity Ulcers. Internal Report. CE/052/PIC. 7. Malmsjö M, Huddleston, E., and Martin, R., .Biological Effects of a Disposable, Canisterless Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System. ePlasty. 2014;14. 8. Smith & Nephew May 2015. A prospective, open, non-comparative, multi-centre study to evaluate the functionality and dressing performance of a new negative pressure enhanced dressing (NPED)in acute wounds (CT09/02). Internal Report. ST865 CT09/02. 9. Smith & Nephew January 2019. Summary report of in-vitro wound model and negative pressure delivery (nominal 80mmHg) testing for PICO v2 (PICO 7 and PICO 14) system. Internal Report. RD/18/134. 10. Smith & Nephew April 2011. The retention of P. aeruginosa and S. aureus bacteria within PICO dressings after 24 hours under NPWT. Internal Report. 1104012. 11. Data on file. DS/17/253/R version2. PICO 7 system stability testing, initial time point. November 2017. 12. Hudson DA, Adams KG, Van Huyssteen A, Martin R, Huddleston EM.Simplified negative pressure wound therapy: clinical evaluation of an ultraportable, no-canister system. Int Wound J. 2015;12(2):195-201. 13. Payne C, Edwards D.Application of the Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Device ( PICO ) on a Heterogeneous Group of Surgical and Traumatic Wounds. ePlasty. 2014:152-166. 14. Sharp E.Single use NPWT for the treatment of complex orthopaedic surgical and trauma wounds. Journal of Wound Care. 2013;22(10):S5-S9. 15. Stryja J, Staffa R, Říha D, Stryjová K, Nicielniková K.Cost-effectiveness of negative pressure wound therapy in outpatient setting. Prolekare. 2015.  Karlakki SL, Hamad AK, Whittall C, et al.Incisional negative pressure wound therapy dressings (iNPWTd) in routine primary hip and knee arthroplasties: A randomised controlled trial. Bone Joint Res. 2016;5(8):328-337.

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