Smith & Nephew: Development of an advanced negative pressure wound therapy system
Smith & Nephew, a market leader in advanced wound care, wanted to upgrade its PICO single use negative pressure wound therapy system. It needed a partner capable of the enabling technology development, subsequent product development and detailed design for manufacture.
Smith & Nephew wanted to build on the success of its dressing-mounted, canister-free negative pressure wound
therapy (NPWT) system and address the following challenges:
- Could the device be made smaller and quieter and what battery-powered vacuum pump would enable these performance improvements?
- Could the required performance improvements be achieved using off-the-shelf pump technology or would a custom design be required?
- Could a custom design satisfy the commercial considerations of cost-of goods and time-to-market, whilst achieving the necessary improvements in device size and quietness?