Smith & Nephew plc, a global medical technology business, has announced the FDA clearance of the pocket-sized PICO system, a single use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) system.
PICO is cleared for use both in a hospital and homecare setting and expands the use of NPWT from the traditional wound care population to include a wider range of patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery and general surgical procedures.
This FDA clearance follows the recent launch of PICO in Europe, Canada, and Australia.
Clinicians, says the company, can be confident that the PICO system is providing NPWT safely and effectively in a wide range of wounds and care settings. The system is indicated for chronic, acute and traumatic wounds, subacute and dehisced wounds, partial-thickness burns, ulcers (such as diabetic or pressure), flaps and grafts, and closed surgical incisions.
The PICO system is as easy to apply as a conventional wound dressing, reducing the need for the staff time, intensive training and administrative paperwork associated with traditional NPWT. The simple application technique can be viewed online via an MS Tag included on the packaging.
For the patient, the PICO system’s one-button pump is easy-to-use and its small size and silent operation provide a discreet, unobtrusive way to carry on daily life with NPWT. The disposable device works with a dressing technology that manages fluids, eliminating the need for bulky canisters.
The system can be worn on a wound up to a week, depending on the level of exudates. Its gentle silicone wound contact layer helps minimize pain at a dressing change. It was announced Friday, Jan. 6.
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