News | August 30, 2007

KCI Launches Next Generation Wound Care Therapy Systems

August 31, 2007 — Advanced wound care and therapeutic surfaces company Kinetic Concepts Inc. (KCI) announced the launch of its two new Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) systems, InfoVAC and ActiVAC.
These next generation VAC products were developed using in-depth market research with healthcare professionals to ensure the products match customer expectations in real life situations across both the acute and homecare settings. A key driver for healthcare is to ensure continuity and consistency of care.
The two systems include a number of developments for medical, scientific and technological applications focused on ease of use. This ranges from simple ergonomic design to the ability to monitor and track wound progress.
KCI’s InfoVAC is designed to deliver better wound care in the hospital by providing healthcare professionals with detailed information on therapy delivered by VAC and the ability to track and view the wound progression. Its counterpart, ActiVAC, which is smaller and lighter to be more mobile, includes an improved user-interface with touch-screen technology. This feature is also shared by InfoVAC, which the company says ensures the smooth transition of the patient from the hospital to home. Patient wound types span from major acute to chronic wounds and include venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers.
“KCI’s VAC Therapy continues to be accepted as an excellent option for the treatment of complex and even life-threatening wounds,” said Frank DiLazzaro, vice-president and regional manager for KCI. “By improving patient’s compliance and ensuring optimal delivery of negative pressure wound treatment (NPWT), KCI’s InfoVAC therapy system will improve upon the already outstanding outcomes for which VAC therapy is recognized globally.”
The design of VAC therapy ensures a moist wound environment, controlled negative pressure and an interaction with the wound bed that stimulates wound healing. It is commonly perceived that VAC therapy is a paradigm shift in wound healing. A key component of the therapy is its open cell reticulated foam structure. This structure creates a wound interface that delivers evenly distributed negative pressure to the entire wound bed, resulting in clinically demonstrated improvements in wound outcomes.

The new InfoVAC includes: Wound measurement and patient history; a therapy history report; Seal Check ability to detect audible and visual indicators; improved ergonomics; intuitive touch-screen technology; SensaTRAC technology for monitoring and maintaining target pressure at wound site; smaller and lighter than its predecessor;

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