Comparative effectiveness of the SNaP™ Wound Care System.

Diabetic lower extremity wounds cause substantial burden to healthcare systems, costing tens of thousands of dollars per episode. Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) devices have been shown to be cost-effective at treating these wounds, but the traditional devices use bulky electrical pumps that require a durable medical equipment rental-based procurement process. The Spiracur SNaP™ Wound Care System is an ultraportable NPWT system that does not use an electric pump and is fully disposable. It has superior healing compared to standard of care with modern dressings and comparable healing to traditional NPWT devices while giving patients greater mobility and giving clinicians a simpler procurement process. We used a mathematical model to analyse the costs of the SNaP™ system and compare them to standard of care and electrically powered NPWT devices. When compared to standard of care, the SNaP™ system saves over $9000 per wound treated and more than doubles the number of patients healed. The SNaP system has similar healing time to powered NPWT devices, but saves $2300 in Medicare payments or $2800 for private payers per wound treated. Our analysis shows that the SNaP™ system could save substantial treatment costs in addition to allowing patients greater freedom and mobility.
AuthorsDavid W Hutton, Peter Sheehan
JournalInternational wound journal (Int Wound J) Vol. 8 Issue 2 Pg. 196-205 (Apr 2011) ISSN: 1742-481X [Electronic] England
PMID21385320 (Publication Type: Comparative Study, Journal Article)
Copyright© 2011 The Authors. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and Medicalhelplines.com Inc.
  • Bandages (economics)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Diabetic Foot (economics, therapy)
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Medicare (economics)
  • Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy (economics, instrumentation)
  • United States
  • Wound Healing

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