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About Open Abdomen Management
ABTHERA™ Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy is designed to actively
manage the open abdomen by:
Removing peritoneal fluid and helping reduce edema
Providing medial tension, which helps minimize fascial retraction and loss of domain1
Helping isolate viscera and protect abdominal contents from external environment
Providing separation between abdominal wall and viscera, protecting abdominal contents
Allowing rapid access for re-entry without requiring sutures for placement
Providing a moist environment
ABTHERA™ Therapy has been shown in clinical studies to be associated with positive clinical outcomes.2,3
The Science Behind Our Products
Our solutions are built on a deep understanding of wound healing, supported by a large body of clinical evidence
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2. Fitzpatrick ER. Open abdomen in trauma and critical care. Crit Care Nurse. 2017 Oct;37(5):22-45.
3. Vertrees A, Shriver CD, Salim A. To close or not to close: managing the open abdomen. In: Martin M, Beekley A, Eckert M (eds) Front Line Surgery. Springer, Cham, 2017: 203-220.
4. Cheatham ML, Safcsak K. Is the evolving management of intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome improving survival? Crit Care Med 2010;38:402-407.
5. Cheatham ML, Demetriades D, Fabian TC, et al. Prospective Study Examining Clinical Outcomes Associated with a Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System and Barker’s Vacuum Packing Technique. World Journal of Surgery. 2013 September; 37(9):2018-2030.
6. Franklin ME, Alvarez A, Russek K. Negative Pressure Therapy: A Viable Option for General Surgical Management of the Open Abdomen. Surgical Infections 2012 December 1;19(4):353-63.
7. Frazee RC, Abernathy SW, Jupiter DC, et al. Are commercial negative pressure systems worth the cost in open abdomen management? J Am Coll Surg. 2013; 216:730-733.
8. Atema JJ, Gans SL, Boermeester MA. Systematic review and meta-analysis of the open abdomen and temporary abdominal closure techniques in non-trauma patients. World Journal of Surgery. 2015 April; 39(4):912-925.
9. Kirkpatrick AW, Roberts DJ, Faris PD, et al. Active negative pressure therapy after abbreviated laparotomy: the intraperitoneal vacuum randomized controlled trial. J Annals of Surg. 2015 July; 262(1):38-46.
10. Safcsak K, Cheatham ML. ABTHERA Open Abdomen Negative Pressure System versus Barker’s Vacuum Pack Technique: analysis of resource utilization. (Presented at the Fifth World Congress on the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome, August 10-13, 2011, Orlando, FL) [abstract] Safcsak K, Cheatham ML. Am Surg 2011;77:S106
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