Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) in open wound management: A study of 16 Cases in Orthopaedic Department of Faridpur Medical College Hospital


  • Nusrat Shaheed MBBS, Assistant Registrar, Dept. of Orthopaedics, FMCH, Faridpur
  • A S M Jahangir Chowdhury MS (Orthopaedics), Professor, Principal and Head of the dept. of Orthopaedics, FMC, Faridpur
  • Anadi Ranjan Mondal MCPS (Surgery), MS (Orthopaedics), Assistant Professor, Dept. of Orthopaedics, FMC, Faridpur
  • Amal Chandra Paul MS (Paediatric surgery), Associate Professor, Dept. of Paediatric surgery, FMC, Faridpur
  • Md Shahin Akhter MS (Orthopaedic), Junior Consultant, Trauma Centre, Faridpur Medical College Hospital
  • A S M Tanjilur Rahman FCPS (Surgery),Resident Surgeon, FMCH, Faridpur
  • Md Touhidul Touhidul Islam MBBS, Intern, FMCH, Faridpur
  • Mohiuddin Majed Chowdhury MBBS, Intern, FMCH, Faridpur



Negative Pressure wound therapy, Open wound


Wound management is a major concern in open fracture cases. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) is an  advanced method for managing open wounds. It is a topical treatment using sub-atmospheric pressure to increase  blood flow, remove bacteria and increase growth of granulation tissue in the wound. The study was performed to  evaluate the results of NPWT in patients with open fracture in lower extremity. Using Aquarium pump as an NPWT  device, 16 patients were prospectly treated for open fractures in their inferior extremity. Mean patients' age range was  21 to 60 yrs. The patients under study either had suffered from trauma, fall or had post operative wound infection.  Many of them had wounds with underlying tendon or bone exposure. Necrotic tissues were debrided before applying  NPWT. Dressings were changed every 3rd or 4th day and treatments were continued for 07 to 28 days. Exposed  tendons and bones were successfully covered with healthy granulation tissue in all cases, depth of the wounds  reduced as well as surface areas. In 12 cases coverage of granulation tissue were achieved and further managed by  skin grafting, 4 cases with wound infections were closed with secondary suture. No significant complications were  noted regarding the treatment. NPWT was found to facilitate the rapid formation of healthy granulation tissue on  open wounds in lower extremity and thus to shorten healing time and minimize secondary soft tissue defect coverage  procedures.


Faridpur Med. Coll. J. 2012;7(2):63-66


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Shaheed, N., Chowdhury, A. S. M. J., Mondal, A. R., Paul, A. C., Akhter, M. S., Rahman, A. S. M. T., Islam, M. T. T., & Chowdhury, M. M. (2013). Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) in open wound management: A study of 16 Cases in Orthopaedic Department of Faridpur Medical College Hospital. Faridpur Medical College Journal, 7(2), 63–66.



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