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Surgical incision and wound management

Rewrite the rules of healing.

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    Non-healing wounds, left untreated and unmanaged, can result in significant medical issues including infection

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    Infected wounds lead to higher costs and longer hospital stays,²

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    Patients with an SSI are 5x more likely to be readmitted within 30 days than those without an SSI.³

Optimizing technology for surgical incisions and wounds can help reduce complications and promote post-operative healing.

3M provides advanced negative pressure therapies and post-operative dressings designed to help manage and protect closed surgical incisions.

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2. Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders highlight importance of wound care amid COVID-19 pandemic. iWounds News. Published 2021. Accessed March 2, 2021.
3. Canadian Surgical Site Infection Prevention Audit Month Report 2016. Patient Safety Institute. Published 2016. Accessed March 2, 2021
4. Ferrando PM, Ala A, Bussone R, Bergamasco L, Actis Perinetti F, Malan F. Closed incision negative pressure therapy in oncological breast surgery: comparison with standard care dressings. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018 Jun 15;6(6):e1732. doi:10.1097/GOX000000000000173
5. Pleger SP, Nink N, Elzien M, Kunold A, Koshty A, Boning A. Reduction of groin wound complications in vascular surgery patients using closed incision negative pressure therapy (ciNPT): a prospective, randomized, single-institution study. Int Wound J. 2018;15(1):75-83.
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12. Kwon J, Staley C, McCullough M, Goss S, Arosemena M, Abai B, Salvatore D, Reiter D, DiMuzio P. A randomized clinical trial evaluating negative pressure therapy to decrease vascular groin incision complications. J Vasc Surg. 2018 Dec;68(6):1744-1752. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2018.05.224. Epub 2018 Aug 17. PMID: 30126781.
13. Gabriel A, et al, Effects of Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation versus Standard of Care in Multiple Wound Types: Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 2021 Jan 1;147(1S-1):68S-76S.  
14. 3M data on file. EM-05-014684
15. 3M data on file. EM-05-000138
16. 3M data on file. EM-05-000003

3M™ Prevena™ Therapy Indications for Use:
3M™ Prevena™ 125 Therapy Unit and 3M™ Prevena™ Plus 125 Therapy Unit 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 high risk for post-operative infections, aid in reducing the incidence of superficial surgical site infection in Class I and Class II wounds.*
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 Prevena Restor System Kits (see Prevena Restor System indications for use).

3M™ Prevena™ Restor™ Therapy 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, some of which may be Rx only. Please consult a clinician and product instructions for use prior to application.

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