2014, Number 3
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ABSTRACTThe use of the negative pressure therapy in the treatment of various types of wounds has been used for more than two decades and today it is one of the best options for the treatment of complex wounds, repairing the wound in a shorter time and reducing the number of surgeries for their closure. Therefore, new portable negative pressure devices have emerged that are more comfortable for the patient and try to shorten hospital stay. In the North Zone General Hospital, in Puebla, Puebla, we tried seven patients with injuries of different etiologies, using portable negative pressure PICOTM system: two traumatic wounds, a burn, a wound by insect bite, two dehiscences of surgical wound and two autografts. All the wounds were closed entirely and grafts were integrated completely; the treatment time was 5 to 21 days, 1 to 3 PICO systems were used per patient. There was no difficulty for the handling of the device; in any case the effect of the negative pressure was lost accidentally. No complications or infections with the use of this system were registered. We see greater comfort for the patient and the surgeon, as well as the reduction of hospital stay in the healing process.
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