Prevention and therapy of acute and chronic wounds using NPWT devices during the COVID-19 pandemic, recommendation from The NPWT Working Group

  • Tomasz Banasiewicz Poznan University of Medical Sciences
  • Rolf Becker Departmentleiter Revisionsendoprothetik, Eduardus Krankenhaus Köln, Germany
  • Adam Bobkiewicz Department of General, Endocrynological Surgery and Gastrointestinal Oncology, Poznan University of Medical Scences, Poznan, Poland
  • Marco Fraccalvieri Plastic Surgery Unit, Aso Citta' della Saliute Della Scienza Di Torino, Italy
  • Wojciech Francuzik Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, corporate member of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Berlin Institute of Health
  • Martin Hutan Surgical department, LK Hainburg, Hainburg a.d. Donau, Austria
  • Mike Laukoetter Department of General and Visceral Surgery, Mathias-Spital Rheine, Frankenburgstrasse 31, 48431 Rheine, Germany.
  • Marcin Malka PODOS Wound Care Clinic, Warsaw, Poland
  • Bartosz Mańkowski Div. of Trauma, Burns and Plastic Surgery, Poznan University of Medical Sciences
  • Zsolt Szentkereszty Faculty of Medicine, Institute. of Surgery, Debrecen, University of Debrecen, Hungary
  • Csaba Toth Medical and Health Science Center, Institute of Surgery, Dept. of Vascular Surgery, University of Debrecen, Hungary
  • Lenka Veverkova Masaryk University Brno Ist Surgical Dpt. St Anne’s University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) , Czech Republic
  • Sudheer Karlakki Consultant Orthopaedic and Arthoplasty SurgeRJAH Orthopaedic Hospital NHS FT, Oswestry, United Kingdom, Honorary Senior Lecturer (Keele University)
  • John Murphy Nightingale Breast Centre, Manchester University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trusts, Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • Zielinski Maciej Dept of Vascular Surgery Poznan University of Medical Science Poland


Recent SARS-CoV-2 pandemic leading to a rapidly increasing number of hospitalizations enforced reevaluation of wound management strategies.

The optimal treatment strategy for patients with chronic wounds and those recovering from emergency and urgent oncological surgery should aim to minimize the number of hospital admissions, as well as the number of surgical procedures and decrease the length of stay to disburden the hospital staff and to minimize viral infection risk.

One of the potential solutions that could help to achieve these goals may be the extensive and early use of NPWT devices in the prevention of wound healing complications.

Single-use NPWT devices are helpful in outpatient wound treatment and SSI prevention (ciNPWT) allowing to minimize in-person visits to the health care center while still providing the best possible wound-care. Stationary NPWT should be used in deep SSI and perioperative wound healing disorders as soon as possible.
Patient’s education and telemedical support with visual wound healing monitoring and video conversations have the potential to minimize the number of unnecessary in-person visits in patients with wounds and therefore substantially increase the level of care.

Author Biography

Tomasz Banasiewicz, Poznan University of Medical Sciences

Portrait MD, PHD, consulting surgeon

Employment & Affiliation : Chair and Department of General Surgery, Gastroenterological Surgical Oncology and Plastic Surgery, K. Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland

Professional education:

2010 post-PhD dissertation (Inflammation and adaptation of the GI tract after surgical resections)

2006-present member of the Polish Coloproctology Club, member of the Polish Society of Surgery

2005-present employment in Chair and Department of General, Gastroenterological and Endocrynological Surgery

2003-2010 - leader of the rescue team of the Emergency Helicopter Medical Service Poznań

2003-2010 - surgeon in the Surgical Unit, Regional Hospital Grodzisk Wkp

2003-2009 - surgeon in the Surgical Unit, Regional Hospital Środa Wlkp

2003 – dissertation “Angiogenesis in colorectal cancer

How to Cite
Banasiewicz, T., Becker, R., Bobkiewicz, A., Fraccalvieri, M., Francuzik, W., Hutan, M., Laukoetter, M., Malka, M., Mańkowski, B., Szentkereszty, Z., Toth, C., Veverkova, L., Karlakki, S., Murphy, J., & Maciej, Z. (2020). Prevention and therapy of acute and chronic wounds using NPWT devices during the COVID-19 pandemic, recommendation from The NPWT Working Group. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Journal, 7(2), 4-9.
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