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Kinetic Concepts introduces Prevena Peel & Place Dressing with V.A.C. Connector

Medical technology company Kinetic Concepts (KCI) has launched Prevena Peel & Place Dressing with a V.A.C. Connector, which expands the availability of the Prevena Incision Management System.

More patients will benefit from surgical incision protection in facilities that utilize KCI V.A.C. Therapy Systems.

Surgeons will have the flexibility to actively manage incisions with several KCI therapy systems and dressing configurations to deliver the optimum patient outcome.

University Hospital of Padova Italy Plastic Surgery professor Franco Bassetto said, "We’ve been asking KCI for a connector that makes the Prevena™ Peel & Place™ Dressings compatible with its other V.A.C.® Therapy units and they have provided it."

"The Prevena System covers and protects the incision site and removes exudate and infectious material, which could save hospitals money by helping manage incisions in patients undergoing a variety of orthopedic, gynecological, cardiovascular and plastic surgery surgical procedures," Bassetto added.

The Prevena Incision Management System is claimed to be the only powered negative pressure product that has been associated with a reduced risk of post-operative complications including in standard orthopedic, cardiothoracic and vascular procedures.

Studies stated that the control group treated with conventional sterile wound dressings experienced a 16% rate of infection versus 4% in the group treated with Prevena Therapy (p=0.0266), according to the company.

As per the study, 30% of the patients in the control group (treated with either skin adhesives or absorbent dressings) have experienced wound infections, while only 6% of the group treated with Prevena Therapy developed wound infections (p=0.0011).

KCI president & CEO Joe Woody said that the Prevena Peel & Place Dressing with a connector makes active incision management available to more patients by using the V.A.C. Therapy Units.

"This allows surgeons to decide whether their mobile patients need a complete Prevena™ System, perhaps for homecare, or whether hospital-based patients would benefit from a few days of Prevena™ Therapy delivered via a traditional V.A.C.® Therapy Unit," Woody added.