Use of gauze-based negative pressure wound therapy in a pediatric burn patient
Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Medical Subject Headings
Bacterial Infections; Bandages; Burns; Buttocks; Combined Modality Therapy; Female; Graft Survival; Humans; Infant; Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy; Occlusive Dressings; Polyurethanes; Skin Transplantation; Suction; Treatment Outcome; Wound Healing
Pediatrics | Surgery
Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is described as it is used in the treatment of an infant burn victim. This case highlights the ability and techniques used to maintain an airtight dressing seal in the perirectal region. Use of this dressing type post-skin grafting allowed for 100% graft adhesion and no bacterial contamination despite close proximity to the rectum. Favorable experience and outcome with this patient are strong indicators that NPWT should be considered as a viable treatment in pediatric populations and that situations where body contour or fluids may make NPWT difficult to administer should not be a deterrent to therapy.
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Citation: J Pediatr Surg. 2009 Dec;44(12):e23-6. Link to article on publisher's site