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International NPWT Expert Panel Convenes in Hamburg
Date:2/3/2010

HAMBURG, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- An international group of experts on Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) will assemble this week to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based consensus on the use of NPWT. The International NPWT Expert Panel is drafting recommendations for a range of NPWT indications and techniques that reflect the body of NPWT published clinical evidence.  Where published evidence is insufficient, the Panel will seek clinical consensus on best practices with input from wound care specialists across the globe.

This innovative consensus-building process is open to all qualified clinicians.  The International Expert Panel will first solicit the input of more than 500 surgeons and wound care specialists from 22 countries at a symposium that is being hosted at Hamburg, Germany, February 5-6, 2010.  The Panel will then invite clinicians everywhere to review and comment on the symposium's consensus at www.npwtexperts.com. These comments will be considered in the final consensus document, which the Panel aims to publish by early 2011.

The International NPWT Expert Panel consists of leading, independent physicians from the many clinical specialties that use NPWT.  The Panel is chaired by Norbert Runkel, Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of General Surgery at Schwarzwald-Baar-Klinikum in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. The panel was convened to develop guidelines that meet the pressing need for evidence-based techniques in the growing field of NPWT.    
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