extriCARE® Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

extriCARE® Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

The extriCARE® negative pressure wound therapy system is used to remove excess fluids and other detrimental material from a patient’s non-healing, chronic, acute and other wounds as well as encourage contraction while protecting the wound. The extriCARE® NPWT pumps create a continuous or intermittent form of negative pressure through the suction of the device which allows for better drainage, may promote quicker healing, and a return to the patient’s normal daily activities.

About Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT), is a therapeutic treatment technique that may promote the healing of chronic, acute, traumatic, sub acute and dehisced wounds, partial-thickness burns, ulcers, flaps, and grafts. The pump and applied dressings act as a vacuum which removes the fluids and other detrimental materials and collects them in a canister attached to the pump. Either the extriCARE® foam dressing kit or extriCARE® anatomically fitted dressings are applied to create an airtight seal around the wound. The drainage tube is then connected from the dressing to the pump and therapy is initiated.

Benefits of using extriCARE® System:

  • The extriCARE® Negative Pressure Wound Therapy system promotes effective wound care treatment.
  • Our extriCARE® Pumps are simple to operate easy to apply foam or anatomically fitted NPWT dressings.
  • The pumps are lightweight and portable.  No need to carry around heavy equipment.
  • The extriCARE® Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System was created with the expertise of advanced wound care professionals and physicians.
  • View Frequently Asked Questions

    How does it work?

    The extriCARE® NPWT system consists of an extriCARE® 2400 or 3600 unit, a 110cc,400cc, or 1000cc canister, and wound dressings. The dressing is applied to the wound and attached to the therapy device using the tubing. The device then draws the excess fluid and wound exudates into the canister while the dressing creates a negative pressure environment around the wound. The device may also work to improve blood flow to the area which may help expedite the wound healing process.

    How long does it take for the wound to heal?

    Wound healing time is different for every patient because it relies on a variety of different factors including the patient’s health, the size, type, and location of the wound, and the treatment the patient has been prescribed. In most cases, an improvement may be seen after the first dressing change, but your nurse or doctor can assess the progress of your wound at each dressing change. For more information on wound healing time, read some of our case studies.

    When should the canister be changed?

    When it becomes filled, an alarm sounds, or at least twice a week, even if not full.
    NOTE: Medicare and most insurance providers reimburse up to 10 canisters per month.

    How often should the dressings be changed?

    We recommend changing the dressings at a minimum of every 72 hours, but this may change accordingly for each patient. If you are using foam dressings we recommend that these be changed every 48 hours. But again, your nurse or doctor should evaluate this on a case by case basis.

    How long does the battery last in the extriCARE®?

    When fully charged, the battery for the extriCARE® 2400 has 30 hour life and the battery life for the extriCARE® 3600 has a 24 hour life under normal operating conditions.

    Can a lymphedema compression pump be used in conjunction with the extriCARE®?

    Yes. Many times they will be used as an adjunct treatment for the edema and to assist with wound healing.

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