Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Comparison of the cost-effectiveness of vacuum assisted closure, as an innovative procedure, and traditional wound treatment, in the light of quality aspects]


JULY 30, 2012

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2012;25(03)

[Recent decades have seen expansion in the literature and fi ndings related to the healing of wounds, and many new options for promoting wound healing have become available. The innovative wound treatment procedure known as vacuum assisted closure can be used for a wide range of indications, and can ensure the optimal conditions for the start of the wound healing processes. The study reveals the cost implications of negative pressure therapy through a study of the treatment of two patients, and also presents the components of the quality aspects identifi ed at Hatvan hospital, as defi ned in the Donabedián model, the PDCA cycle of the applied vacuum-assisted wound treatment, and the impact of the revealed components on the quality and costeffectiveness of the patient care. The author emphasises that the use of even the latest technologies can only effectively ensure the development of healthcare if combined with the commitment of managers and workers to assure quality, and if the fundamental principles of quality improvement are integrated into the structure and process of healthcare provision.]


  1. Semmelweis Egyetem Egészségtudományi Kar
  2. Albert Schweitzer Kórház-Rendelintézet Nonprofi t Közhasznú Kft., Hatvan



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