This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital First To Use PICO* Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System From Smith & Nephew

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business, announces the first use in the United States of the pocket-sized PICO single use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) System.  Sonya Ahmed, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, applied the PICO system to a patient's incision following surgery to repair his calcaneal fracture, or fracture of the heel bone.  The PICO system just received FDA clearance for commercial use in the U.S. Smith & Nephew will exhibit PICO at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' annual meeting in San Francisco.

(Photo: (Photo:

The patient's injury was a result of a high energy fall from a height. After the surgery to repair the fracture, Dr. Ahmed applied the new PICO system to the closed surgical wound.

"This type of post-surgical wound is often complicated by co-morbidities such as diabetes, smoking, obesity and surrounding vascularity," Dr. Ahmed said.  "Early findings have revealed that NPWT creates an environment that may support less wound complications in these cases, and when used correctly may reduce long-term complications.  During my first experience with PICO, I removed the system after 72 hours.  The incision was pristine.  There were no signs of ischemia, drainage or desquamation to the surrounding skin or incision.  After one-week follow-up I am pleased with the appearance of this wound and am anxious to obtain long-term results."   

"At LBJ, we aim to provide great medical care in a safe, compassionate, and cost-conscious manner," said Jessie L. Tucker III, PhD, Senior Vice President and Administrator of Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. "So we are quick to adopt innovative technologies that enable us to enhance patient care effectively and efficiently. We are proud to have had the first case with PICO in the U.S."

In addition to the traditional indications for NPWT, the PICO system is indicated for closed surgical incisions. This use of NPWT expands the application of NPWT to include patients recovering from orthopaedic, plastic and general surgeries, to help reduce surgical site complications in high-risk patients or those undergoing high-risk procedures. There are 28 million surgical incisions in the U.S. annually, 10% to 15% of which are considered high risk.

1 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $95.01 1.05%
FB $99.75 -4.15%
GOOG $682.74 -0.12%
TSLA $147.99 -8.99%
YHOO $27.05 -3.29%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 16,027.05 -177.92 -1.10%
S&P 500 1,853.44 -26.61 -1.42%
NASDAQ 4,283.7530 -79.3910 -1.82%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs