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Home wound care therapy more cost effective than hospital treatment

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The results of a pilot study have suggested that providing home topical negative pressure (TNP) therapy may have qualitative and economic benefit.

The treatment is often viewed as difficult to provide at home and expensive compared to other wound management products.

This pilot study followed the experiences of 20 subjects with a variety of acute and chronic wounds. Ten received TNP in hospital, five at home and five in both care settings.

There was a reduction in wound surface area and improved appearance of the wound bed in 19 patients during the course of treatment ranging from two to 74 days.

The cost of treatment was lower where subjects were treated at home (mean cost per day £46) and highest where care was delivered exclusively in hospital (mean cost per day £259).

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