Help put your patients on the path to healing and maintain their quality of life during their wound healing journey.
The Snap Therapy System is a disposable negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) system that combines the simplicity of advanced wound dressings with the proven benefits of NPWT in a discreet design. This customizable system can help your patients return to normal activities and maintain their quality of life.¹ The Snap Therapy System allows for patient mobility¹ and managing various wound types, including difficult anatomies.
NOTE: Specific indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and safety information exist for these products and therapies. Please consult a clinician and product Instructions for Use prior to application. This material is intended for healthcare professionals. Rx only.
$25 Billion is spent annually on treatment of chronic wounds.²
Among the multiple causes of chronic wounds is the prevalence of chronic diseases, which can have a direct impact on the body’s natural ability to heal. While cardiovascular and immunodeficiency conditions can slow wound repair, diabetes creates some of the most significant challenges to wound management.
The Snap Therapy System is indicated for removal of small amounts of exudate from chronic, acute, traumatic, subacute and dehisced wounds, ulcers (such as diabetic, venous or pressure), surgically closed incisions, flaps and grafts.
Patients with lower extremity venous or diabetic ulcers were evaluated in a prospective observational and retrospective match controlled study. Patients using the Snap Therapy System with skin substitutes and skin grafts experienced a 50% absolute reduction in healing time versus modern dressing protocols including: Apligraf®, Rengranex®, and skin grafts.⁵
Simple, cost-effective and convenient, the Snap Therapy System has an approximately 10-minute application time¹ and offers single-use, lightweight negative pressure wound therapy.
Simple to apply, it’s quiet, compact and easily worn under clothing.
It helps maintain quality of life by minimizing interference with patients’ activity, sleep, showering and social interactions.¹
Low-contact care reduces dressing changes in diabetic and lower extremity wounds to a minimum of twice a week, supporting clinician’s goals.⁶
Learn how Snap Therapy has been shown to save over $9,000 per wound treated⁶ (PDF, 301 KB)
*Outcomes were compared with 42 patient-matched controls treated at the same center with modern wound care protocols that included the use of Apligraf®, Regranex®, and skin grafting. 21 subjects completed treatment with the Snap Therapy System and with skin substitutes or skin grafts.
The Snap Therapy System includes dressings and accessories to help meet each patient’s unique needs for wound closure.
Draws exudate away from the wound into the cartridge (60ml or 150ml options). A proprietary technology generates consistent, even levels of pressure and gels the exudate for improved containment and easy monitoring through the viewing window.
NOTE: Specific indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and safety information exist for these products and therapies. Please consult a clinician and product instructions for use prior to application. This material is intended for healthcare professionals. Rx only.
Absorptive hydrocolloid properties help to maintain seal in the presence of exudate or sweat to help reduce periwound maceration.
The Snap Therapy System combines the simplicity of advanced wound dressings with the proven benefits of negative pressure wound therapy in a discreet design. It’s fast to apply, and can be done in approximately 10 minutes so patients can quickly move on with their lives.¹
Proprietary spring mechanism generates consistent, even levels of pressure. No batteries and no lead wires to trip over.
Proprietary technology gels the exudate that collects in the cartridge, helping to contain and control potential contamination and odor. The visual display shows the amount of gelled fluid collected in the canister.
Exudate, infectious material and tissue debris are drawn away from the wound through the tubing into the canister.
The Snap Therapy System draws exudate away from the wound into the cartridge, which uses a technology that turns the exudate into a gel to optimize containment.
The dessing’s hydrocolloid properties help maintain a seal in the presence of exudate or sweat, offering periwound protection.¹
Up to 24% of DFUs will eventually lead to a lower extremity amputation.⁴ When combined with offloading, Snap Therapy can effectively help manage DFUs. The management of DFUs has been shown to reduce the risk of amputations.⁴
Combine the simplicity of advanced wound dressings with the proven benefits⁷ of Snap Therapy to manage chronic VLUs. The management of VLUs has been shown to reduce the risk of recurring wounds.⁷
For smaller, lower-exudating wounds, Snap Therapy can be used as a first-line treatment or early adjunct therapy for pressure injury, including heels and the sacral area.
A 62-year-old female underwent partial amputations of the 2nd and 3rd ray -osteomyelitis found in the OR- due to infected gangrenous toes resulting from her neuropathic diabetes and peripheral vascular disease.
The wound bed at the wound care center had become necrotic with exposed bone and calcified vessels. She underwent debridement and dressing changes with Dakin’s Solution® (quarter strength). After one month (approx.) of traditional wound therapy, the infection was cleared but remained a large wound with exposed bone and minimal granulation tissue.
The wound bed achieved full granulation and complete soft-tissue coverage of exposed bone as a result of 4 and 6 weeks of treatment with the Snap Therapy System with bi-weekly dressing changes (Figures B and C). The wound was then closed with an advanced cellular matrix. Wound closure was achieved ten weeks post-initiation of the Snap Therapy System (Figure D).
Figure A: Wound at start of 3M™ Snap™ Therapy System.
Figure B: Development of granulation tissue after 4 weeks of 3M™ Snap™ Therapy System.
Figure C: Further granulation tissue development after 6 weeks of 3M™ Snap™ Therapy System.
Figure D: Wound fully healed 11 weeks post presentation.
Photos courtesy of Armstrong DEG, Marston WA, Reyzelman AM, Kirsner RS.
As with any case study, the results and outcomes should not be interpreted as a guarantee or warranty of similar results. Individual results may vary depending on the patient’s circumstances and condition.
Explore a wide collection of cases including lower and upper extremities and the torso and different wound types like post-surgical wounds, trauma wounds and chronical wounds:
In 2011, Hutton and Sheehan⁶ analyzed costs and effectiveness of three therapies for treatment of diabetic lower extremity wounds: modern wound dressings, powered NPWT, and non-powered Snap Therapy System. An economic model using peer-reviewed data was used to simulate outcomes for the different treatments.
Based on the model, Hutton and Sheehan reported that, compared to modern dressings, Snap Therapy System saved over $9,000 per wound treated⁶ by avoiding longer treatment times and increased costs for complications, and healing more wounds than the modern dressings. Healing time was similar for NPWT and Snap Therapy System; however, Medicare and private payor costs were $2,300 and $2,800 less, respectively, for Snap Therapy System patients. The authors concluded that, in addition to cost savings, Snap Therapy System also allowed patients greater mobility.⁶
Our clinical guidelines provide a reference resource for clinicians on topics including Snap Therapy System product benefits, FDA indications and contraindications for use, wound considerations, physician instructions, cleaning instructions, dressing application tips, ordering information and more.
Our application guide provides ordering information, step-by-step instructions and illustration examples for how to apply the Snap Therapy System, as well as tips and tricks for applying it to challenging anatomical areas.
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3M™ V.A.C.® Therapy has been shown to be a successful way to manage wounds for the past 25 years⁹. It can be used to reduce hospitalization time and the risk of complications⁹,¹⁰ which in turn helps facilitate patient transitions from inpatient to outpatient care settings.
Veraflo Therapy combines the benefits of NPWT with automated instillation and dwell of topical wound solution to provide simultaneous cleansing and granulation tissue formation.¹¹,¹²
*Results have not been confirmed in human studies.
Prevena Incision Management System manages the environment of closed surgical incisions and removes fluid away from surgical incisions via the application of continuous negative pressure.
AbThera Therapy System incorporates all the functional elements of an optimal temporary closure device to help protect abdominal contents from the external environment, allowing rapid access for re-entry, medial tension, and fluid removal.
Easily initiate V.A.C.® Therapy and Veraflo™ Therapy orders, get prescriptions signed via electronic signature and track order authorization online, in a secure and HIPAA compliant environment.
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3M provides iOn Progress™ Remote Therapy Monitoring System patients with access to a highly trained team of Virtual Therapy Specialists.
RTM can help reduce costs and elevate quality support of care through increased patient engagement and improved NPWT adherence.
73% of patients demonstrated increased hours of NPWT use the following day after receiving an adherence call.¹⁵
Learn more about 3M iOn Progress™ Remote Therapy Monitoring System
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