Smith & Nephew Introducing the Foam Dressing Kit





The Advanced Wound Management Division of Smith & Nephew is pleased to announce the introduction of a foam dressing kit for Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT).  The new dressing kits will be launched in the market in the first quarter of 2009.  The launch of the Smith & Nephew foam kit represents the first time wound care professionals will have the freedom to select either a gauze or foam wound interface from a single NPWT device manufacturer.

The Advanced Wound Management Division of Smith & Nephew is pleased to announce the introduction of a foam dressing kit for Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT).  The new dressing kits will be launched in the market in the first quarter of 2009.  The launch of the Smith & Nephew foam kit represents the first time wound care professionals will have the freedom to select either a gauze or foam wound interface from a single NPWT device manufacturer.

“Depending on the individual needs of the patient, the wound, and the care setting, health care professionals can now exercise their judgment to use either gauze or foam” says Joe Woody, President of Smith & Nephew’s Advanced Wound Management Division.  “We recognize that wound care should be in the hands of the clinicians and we want to supply them with the best options to select the right dressing for each patient.”

The new Smith & Nephew foam kits will be supplied sterile and are available in four sizes.  It is a single-use product designed to be clinically effective while intuitive to learn and easy to use.

“As the largest worldwide supplier of dressings, Smith & Nephew’s core competency has historically focused around wound dressings,” says Robin Carlstein, Senior Vice President of Advanced Wound Devices at Smith & Nephew.  “As a leader in advanced wound care interfaces, it only makes sense Smith & Nephew would introduce a foam dressing kit.”

Negative Presure Wound Therapy (NPWT)

NPWT is an effective and efficient method to healing advanced wounds.  In comparison to traditional advanced wound therapies, negative pressure methods require less frequent dressing changes and often times a less painful treatment, combined with better healing of advanced wounds.  The method can be used inside and outside of hospitals, and is not only a cost effective alternative to the hospital systems, but also allows patients to return to their normal lives as soon as possible.

The new kits are intended to be used in conjunction with Smith & Nephew NPWT systems to deliver negative pressure to wounds.  Smith & Nephew NPWT systems are intended for patients who would benefit from a suction device and are appropriate on the following types of wounds:

    * Pressure ulcers
    * Diabetic/neuropathic ulcers
    * Venous insufficiency ulcers
    * Traumatic wounds
    * Post-operative and dehisced surgical wounds
    * Explored fistulas and
    * Skin flaps and grafts

In addition to the new foam kit, Smith & Nephew will continue to offer a comprehensive dressing portfolio.

For more information regarding Smith & Nephew, please visit our Website at http://www.smith-nephew.com or http://www.npwt.com .

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