Vol. 1 No. 10 (2021)
Health Technology Reviews

Single-Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for Chronic Wounds

Published October 26, 2021

Key Messages

  • 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.