ST. PAUL, Minn. (October 13, 2022)—3M Health Care's Medical Solutions Division announced its 3M V.A.C. Therapy negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has surpassed a clinical evidence milestone of 2,000 published, peer-reviewed medical journal studies. V.A.C. Therapy is the first and only NPWT solution to garner this number of published studies about its therapy. It is backed by more clinical data than any other brand, accounting for more than 75% of published NPWT clinical evidence.

The clinical studies have been conducted by wound care professionals worldwide and published in journals across the globe, covering a comprehensive range of wound types, wound care settings and study formats, such as case studies, economic studies, randomized controlled trials and more.

"Clinical evidence has always been a foundational element to establishing credibility for V.A.C. Therapy and our NPWT products in the wound care community," said Ronald Silverman, M.D., 3M Health Care senior vice president of clinical affairs and chief medical officer. "Published studies have also helped to promote adoption of NPWT and spur therapy innovations, including 3M Prevena Therapy for incision management, 3M Veraflo Therapy for instillation therapy for open wounds, 3M AbThera Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy. Our team members in the field are also actively engaged with wound care experts worldwide, working right alongside clinicians to observe the changing nature of wound care and gather feedback about our products, which helps us identify opportunities for innovation." 

Today, V.A.C. Therapy is used across a spectrum of health care settings, from acute care facilities to ambulatory surgical centers, assisted living facilities and in patients' homes. In the United States, V.A.C. Therapy is available with 24/7 remote therapy monitoring to support adherence to the therapy. 3M's NPWT portfolio continuously evolves to meet clinician and patient needs. Last year, 3M launched the first-ever silicone-acrylic hybrid drape for use with V.A.C. Therapy, the 3M Dermatac Drape, an innovation designed to be gentle on patients' skin and easy for clinicians to use.

"Today's wound care patients are often sicker and have more comorbidities, making their wounds more complex to treat and increasing the demands on clinicians' time. 3M strives to provide a robust tool selection to address clinicians' unique wound care needs and make our products easier to use to help save their valuable time—and ultimately, help transform outcomes and improve lives for wound care patients," said Silverman.

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