A survey of caesarean section surgical site infections with PICO™ Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System in high-risk patients in England and Ireland

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      This article reports audit data from the introduction of the PICO™ System for caesarean section patients with high body mass index (BMI) in four hospitals in the UK and Ireland. PICO was used on closed surgical incisions following caesarean section in 399 patients with BMI ≥35kg/m2. Thirty-six out of 399 patients (9.0%) developed signs of surgical site infection (SSI), a rate lower than a previously reported incidence of 19.3% in a similar population. The readmission incidence was 0.8%. Therefore the use of PICO on closed surgical incisions may be associated with low incidence of SSI and readmission in this high-risk group.


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