Open Abdomen Management
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.1,2
Key features for a temporary abdominal closure to manage an open abdomen include2,3
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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.5,6,7,8,9,10
In a twenty-center observational prospective study comparing ABTHERA™ Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy (n=111) to Barker’s vacuum-packing technique (n=57) in trauma and surgical patients after 48-hours of consistent temporary abdominal closure therapy, 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
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.
KCI offers ABTHERA™ Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy for management of the open abdomen.