NewsNHS could save millions by supporting portable NPWT devices

NHS could save millions by supporting portable NPWT devices

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NHS could save millions by supporting portable NPWT devicesThe National Health Service (NHS), UK, could save money by supporting the increased use of portable negative pressure wound therapy devices in the community.

Now that NPWT is available for community use, the NHS could potentially save millions by supporting its use for patients with chronic wounds. With portable NPWT devices, patients can leave the hospital and receive treatment in the community at an estimated cost of £38.50 per day, compared to the daily cost of a hospital stay at £288. For an average NPWT treatment duration of 20 days, the estimated savings of community care is £4,814 per patient. This also leaves hospital beds free for those who need them.

In hospitals where NPWT is already being used in the community, the benefits have already been recognised and further contracts are being agreed upon for more devices.

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