April 21, 2015
Acelity, Joerns RecoverCare Team Up to Deliver Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
By David Delony
Acelity, a wound care and regenerative medicine company, has announced it is teaming up with Joerns RecoverCare, a provider of patient handling and wound care products, to deliver negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT).
Joerns RecoverCare will distribute KCI’s NPWT product, the V.A.C. Therapy System to skilled nursing facilities and hospitals, as well as act as the service provider for Acelity’s SNF customers in the U.S. KCI is a subsidiary of Acelity.
The partnership is meant to increase efficiency while lowering costs.
“We are excited about this opportunity to unite the strengths of two strong brands—and their value propositions—to benefit our customers,” said Mark Hostak, chief commercial officer of Joerns RecoverCare. “The addition of KCI NPWT products will further strengthen our advanced wound care strategy, which offers a wide range of clinically proven, economically beneficial healing and prevention therapies.
Negative pressure wound therapy involves placing a foam dressing on a wound which is connected to a vacuum pump and a tube allowing for drainage. The vacuum seals the wound while promoting blood flow, increasing the odds of the wound healing. The procedure is designed for chronic wounds such as diabetic ulcers. Diabetes often makes wounds difficult to heal.
The procedure seems to be most effective in treating diabetic ulcers of the feet and laparotomy, which involves an open wound in the abdomen. Research is ongoing in treating other kinds of wounds.
Acelity is also optimistic about the future of the partnership.
“This partnership will allow for skilled nursing facilities and their patients to have greater access to V.A.C.®Therapy,” Rohit Kashyap, senior vice President and general Manager of the Acelity’s advanced wound therapeutics business in the U.S. and Canada, said. “This means that more facilities across the U.S. can address chronic and acute wounds earlier, leading to a better patient care experience and outcomes, while improving the overall total cost of care.”
Edited by Dominick Sorrentino