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Prevena Central for general surgery

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In a retrospective observational study with high-risk patients undergoing laparotomy, Prevena Therapy aided in:
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    Reduction in Wound Complications*

    30-day post-operatively 2.9% (2/69) Prevena Therapy vs. 20.5% (23/112) SOC

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    Reduction in dSSIs*†

    30-day post-operatively 1.4% (1/69) Prevena Therapy vs. 20.5% (23/112) SOC

  • Calculations are derived based on relative patient group incidence rate reported in this study.
    *Statistically significant (p<0.05).
    NOTE: The use of Prevena Therapy for the reduction in the incidence of deep SSI has not been reviewed by the U.S. FDA
    Zaidi A, El-Masry S. Closed incision negative pressure therapy in high-risk general surgery patients following laparotomy: a Prevena™ study.
    Colorectal Disease 2016; 19(3):283-287

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

  • [MUSIC PLAYING] Proactive Risk Management with 3M Prevena Therapy aims to help advance the standard of care by helping to reduce the risk of costly post-operative complications, such as infection, associated with surgery in patients at high risk. In this video, you will learn a few tips and tricks to support safe and effective application of Prevena Therapy on a closed incision after a colorectal procedure. Prior to use of Prevena Therapy, consult detailed product indications, safety information, and instructions contained in the Clinician Guide. You will 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 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 incision. 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. Use the included extra hydrocolloid on the ends of the foam and wherever additional seal is necessary. 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 3M Negative Pressure Therapy Unit, getting your patient ready for mobile recovery. If there is evidence of a leak, use Prevena Patch Strips around the dressing to ensure integrity of the seal. If you would like to learn more about Proactive Risk Management with Prevena Therapy, visit For patient troubleshooting resources, visit [MUSIC PLAYING]

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    Colorectal Application

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

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Prevena Therapy Application videos

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


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.

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

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.

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