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Smith& Nephew launch PICO 7 sNPWT in Europe

PICO 7 is more than 25% quieter than the previous version making it less intrusive, of particular value when the patient is outside the home or sleeping

Smith & Nephew has launched the PICO 7 Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (sNPWT) in Europe, the devices delivers a number of enhancements which benefit both the clinical effectiveness and patient experience. Clinically, the company claims PICO 7 delivers a more efficient vacuum and superior leak management(1), designed to support improved application on anatomically challenging areas where it is traditionally more difficult to achieve and maintain a seal. It also includes an industry-first dressing-full indicator for sNPWT devices, which is intended to reduce unnecessary dressing changes and wastage, the company stated.

For the patient, PICO 7 is more than 25% quieter than the previous version(2) making it less intrusive, of particular value when the patient is outside the home or sleeping. There is also a new user interface to simplify patient operation and a belt clip to improve portability.

“Having tried PICO 7 I can confirm that it has real clinical, economic and patient benefits.” said Dr Theresa Hurd. “With the new PICO 7 system I can be confident that we will experience fewer leaks and can hence reduce the number of nurse interventions, reducing costs and improving care.”

PICO 7 is designed for patients at risk of poor-healing and has been shown to help minimise the failures of healing that may lead to infection and/or dehiscence(3). It is suitable for use in both a hospital and community setting and approved for a number of indications, including surgically closed incision sites. A recently published meta-analysis, demonstrated the efficacy of PICO used prophylactically for SSI reduction in closed surgical incisions compared with standard care(3).

“With PICO we revolutionised the use of negative pressure wound therapy, making a treatment previously only available in a hospital inpatient setting available to outpatients in a clinical and cost effective portable solution,” said Paolo Di Vincenzo, Smith & Nephew’s SVP of Advanced Wound Management. “With PICO 7 we have delivered significant design improvements that contribute to improved patient outcomes, patient management and HCP efficiency, keeping Smith & Nephew at the forefront of delivering pioneering portable negative pressure solutions.”