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General surgery

More than 300 delegates and 36 speakers, representing Europe, America, the Middle East, Canada, Africa, Asia and Australia, convened in Berlin, Germany, in March 2015 for Smith & Nephew’s 6th International Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) Expert Meeting. This meeting report focuses on the general surgery workstream discussed at the meeting.

 

The main advantages of negative pressure-assisted wound closure include partially preventing fascial and wound margins retraction, protecting peritoneal content, and allowing fluid drainage, among others. Standardised classification is needed in order to compare the relative efficacy of NPWT devices in different open abdomen conditions.

Topic: Surgery insights issue: 4/2016

Breast surgery

More than 300 delegates and 36 speakers, representing Europe, America, the Middle East, Canada, Africa, Asia and Australia, convened in Berlin in March 2015 for Smith & Nephew’s 6th International Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) Expert Meeting.

 

Surgeons are required to make challenging decisions with patients about the most appropriate breast surgery. Dr Maurizio Nava described some of the algorithms available to help choose the most appropriate surgery, considering complications and an array of treatment options.

Topic: Surgery insights issue: 3/2016

Orthopaedic surgery

More than 300 delegates and 36 speakers, representing Europe, America, the Middle East, Canada, Africa, Asia and Australia, convened in Berlin, Germany, in March 2015 for Smith & Nephew’s 6th International Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) Expert Meeting. This meeting report focuses on the orthopaedic surgery workstream from this meeting.

 

This workstream reviewed the evidence for using traditional NPWT in trauma and the evidence for moving to using single-use NPWT on closed surgical incisions. Speakers highlighted the under-reported incidence of orthopaedic infections in hospitals (since most occur after hospital discharge), and discussed the patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs).

Topic: Surgery insights issue: 2/2016

2016 issue 06: Apremilast gegen Versorgungsdefizite bei Psoriasis

Trotz wirksamer therapeutischer Möglichkeiten bestehen bei der Behandlung von Patienten mit mittelschwerer bis schwerer Plaque-Psoriasis und/oder Psoriasis-Arthritis (PsA) große Defizite: Die meisten Patienten erhalten keine systemische Therapie. Konventionelle DMARDs werden häufig aufgrund einer schlechten Verträglichkeit abgebrochen. Viele Patienten schrecken vor einer Injektionstherapie mit Biologika zurück. Dies verdeutlicht den hohen Bedarf an verträglichen, einfach zu handhabenden Arzneimitteln. Diese Voraussetzungen erfüllt der orale PDE4-Hemmer Apremilast, der im Januar 2015 zugelassen wurde und seit rund einem Jahr auf dem deutschen Markt verfügbar ist.

Topic: Dermatology issue: 6/2016

Cardiothoracic surgery

More than 300 delegates and 36 speakers, representing Europe, America, the Middle East, Canada, Africa, Asia and Australia, convened in Berlin, Germany, in March 2015 for Smith & Nephew’s 6th International Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) Expert Meeting. This meeting report focuses on the cardiothoracic surgery workstream discussed at the meeting.

 

Topic: Surgery insights issue: 1/2016

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