Single-Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for Chronic Wounds


( Last Updated : October 28, 2021)
Project Line:
Health Technology Review
Project Sub Line:
Rapid Review
Project Number:
RC1385-000

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Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of single-use or disposable negative pressure wound therapy for the management of chronic wounds?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of single-use or disposable negative pressure wound therapy for the management of chronic wounds?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the use of single-use or disposable negative pressure wound therapy for the management of chronic wounds?

Key Message

Limited clinical effectiveness data suggest that single-use negative pressure wound therapy may reduce the frequency of dressing changes when compared with standard wound therapy (evidence from 1 single-arm study). No clinical evidence was identified describing the impact of single-use negative pressure wound therapy on functionality, pain, mortality, length of hospital stay, quality of life, and safety. It is unknown whether single-use or disposable negative pressure wound therapy is cost-effective for the management of chronic wounds (no eligible studies found). One guideline provides recommendations relevant to single-use negative pressure wound therapy with chronic wounds; however, there is no clear link to a robust evidence review reported by the guideline developers.