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Open Abdomen Management

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About Open Abdomen Management

The open abdomen management technique is the intentional creation of an open abdomen, leaving the fascial edges of the abdomen unapproximated.  This technique allows a damaged or edematous viscera to expand, reducing intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) and related complications, and can help achieve primary fascial closure as early as clinically feasible.12
Key features for a temporary abdominal closure to manage an open abdomen include23
  • Easily applied
  • Limit contamination
  • Decrease bowel edema
  • Protect the viscera, fascia, and skin
  • Fluid removal
  • Minimize fascial retraction and loss of domain
  • Facilitate primary fascial closure

The Science Behind Our Products

Our solutions are built on a deep understanding of wound healing, supported by a large body of clinical evidence

Why It Matters

Clinical research has shown that removing potentially detrimental peritoneal fluid and achieving primary fascial closure are important goals when managing patients who require an open abdomen for the treatment of critical illness.4

The method of a temporary abdominal closure may play an important role in positive clinical and economic outcomes.5678910

In a twenty-center observational prospective study comparing ABTHERA Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy to Barker’s vacuum-packing technique in trauma and surgical patients, ABTHERA Therapy was associated with a significantly improved 30-day primary fascial closure rate, and a 30-day all cause mortality rate (p=0.03 and 0.01, respectively). It was also associated with a reduction in length of stay.5

Explore Products for Open Abdomen Management

Take Control Early
ABTHERA Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy offers a solution to take control early when managing an open abdomen and helps achieve primary fascial closure.

Clinician Resources

Acelity offers ABTHERA Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy for management of the open abdomen.

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