Negative pressure therapy accelerates wound healing, but many patients lack access to it due to the restrictive cost of the equipment. Healyx Labs’ incorporates NWPT technology into a pump unit that can be manufactured for a small fraction of competitors’ models, bringing the leading standard of care to a greater population.
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) was developed in the 1980s (by Kinetic Concepts Inc., now part of3M Co.) for burns, chronic ulcers, surgical incisions, and other wounds that require fluid drainage. A healthcare provider typically applies a porous dressing made of synthetic foam or other materials to the site of the wound as a filtered barrier before using a vacuum pump to exert negative pressure in the range of -75 to -125 mmHg. As fluid and dead cells are drawn away from the wound, blood flow is stimulated and oxygen is increased in granulation tissue at the surface. This therapy, which is noninvasive and unlikely to attract complications, has been observed to improve wound healing both in terms of totality of closure and wound duration.