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Surgeons using Prevena Therapy for cardiothoracic surgery

Prevena Central for cardiothoracic surgery

Convenient. Curated. Connected. Training for the use of 3M™ Prevena™ Therapy in cardiothoracic surgery.

Prevena Therapy statistics for cardiothoracic surgery
  • Calculations are derived based on relative patient group incidence rate reported in this study.

    *Statistically significant (p<0.05).

    1. Grauhan O, et al. Prevention of post sternotomy wound infections in obese patients by negative pressure wound therapy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013;145:1387-1392.

    2. Grauhan O, et al. Effect of surgical incision management on wound infections in a post sternotomy patient population. Int Wound J. 2014;11:6-9.

Proactive Risk Management (PRM) with Prevena Therapy

Resources to help you implement PRM with Prevena Therapy in your practice to help advance the standard of care.

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Dressing application tips and tricks videos

  • [SOOTHING MUSIC] Proactive Risk Management with 3M Prevena Therapy aims to help advance the standard of care by helping to reduce the risk of costly postoperative complications, such as infection, associated with surgery in patients at high risk. In this video, you'll learn a few tips and tricks to support safe and effective application of Prevena Therapy on a closed incision after a cardiothoracic procedure. Prior to use of Prevena Therapy, consult detailed product indications, safety information, and instructions contained in the Clinician Guide. You'll notice that the hair has been preoperatively clipped to accommodate the area where the dressing will be applied. It is important that this area is clean and completely dry before application to ensure a tight seal. Once incision and periwound skin is clean and dry, apply 3M Cavilon No-Sting Barrier Film to periwound skin to prepare the area. To avoid tension or irritation on intact skin, use Prevena Patch Strips under the 3M Prevena Dressing for protection. Avoid placing Prevena Patch Strips directly on the closed incision. When using the 3M Prevena Restore BellaForm Incision Management System, select the correct size for the desired coverage area, paying special attention to allow space outside of the foam for adhesion. When using 3M Prevena Peel and Place Dressing, center the foam over the incision, taking care to avoid sharp bends or kinks in the tubing. 3M Prevena Plus Customizable Dressing can be cut to the size of your patient's incision. For long incisions, it may be helpful to enlist the help of a second clinician. Use the included extra hydrocolloid on the ends of the foam and wherever additional seal is necessary. No matter which 3M Prevena dressing you use, it's important to run your fingers around the edge of the dressing when applying, and make sure to avoid stretching the material. Do not stretch the dressing or film during application, as tension can cause skin damage, such as tension blistering. With your Prevena dressing properly placed and sealed, you'll be ready to connect the dressing to a 3M Negative Pressure Therapy Unit, getting your patient ready for mobile recovery. If there's evidence of a leak, use Prevena Patch Strips around the dressing to ensure integrity of the seal. If you'd like to learn more about Proactive Risk Management with Prevena Therapy, visit Prevena.com. For patient troubleshooting resources, visit 3M.com/PrevenaforPatients. [SOOTHING MUSIC]

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    Cardiothoracic Application

    View tips for applying 3M™ Prevena™ Peel and Place Dressing, 3M™ Prevena™ Plus Customizable Dressing or 3M™ Prevena Restor™ Bella•Form™ Dressing following a cardiothoracic procedure.

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Surgeon testimonials

  • A clinician's hands holding the Prevena 125 Therapy Unit above a patient's abdomen

    Dr. Reddy 3M™ Prevena™ Therapy Journey Video

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Application videos

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Learn more about the use of Prevena Therapy in cardiovascular surgery or request a product demonstration.


3M™ Prevena™ 125 and 3M™ Prevena™ Plus 125 Therapy Units manage the environment of closed surgical incisions and remove fluid away from the surgical incision via the application of -125mmHg continuous negative pressure. When used with legally marketed compatible dressings, Prevena 125 and Prevena Plus 125 Therapy Units are intended to aid in reducing the incidence of seroma and, in patients at risk for post-operative infections, aid in reducing the incidence of superficial surgical site infection in Class I and II wounds.

The effectiveness of Prevena Therapy in reducing the incidence of SSIs and seroma in all surgical procedures and populations has not been demonstrated. See full indications for use and limitations at myKCI.com.

NOTE: Applicable therapy units include Prevena™ 125 and Prevena™ Plus 125 Therapy Unit 7 Day.

The indication statement does not apply to the Prevena Plus 125 Therapy Unit (14-day) that comes with the 3M™ Prevena Restor™ System Kits (see Prevena Restor indications for use).

The 3M™ Prevena Restor™ Incision Management System is intended to manage the environment of surgical incisions that continue to drain following sutured or stapled closure by maintaining a closed environment and removing exudate via the application of negative pressure wound therapy.

NOTE: Specific indications, limitations, contraindications, warnings, precautions and safety information exist for these products and therapies. Please consult a clinician and product instructions for use prior to application. Rx only.