NICE

MTG43 PICO negative pressure wound dressings for closed surgical incisions

PICO is a canister-free, single-use, negative pressure wound therapy system consisting of a sterile pump and multi-layered adhesive dressings.

PICO differs from conventional negative pressure wound dressings in that it:

  • has no separate canister

  • is portable and disposable

  • has a proprietary dressing layer that is designed to allow even distribution of negative pressure across the incision and zone of injury.

Evidence supports the case for adopting PICO negative pressure wound dressings for closed surgical incisions in the NHS. They are associated with fewer surgical site infections and seromas compared with standard wound dressings. Cost modelling suggests that PICO negative pressure wound dressings provide extra clinical benefits at a similar overall cost compared with standard wound dressings.

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