Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) is an adjunctive therapy used in the treatment of wounds that utilizes negative pressure to remove fluid, debris and bacterial burden.

  • Discuss the principles of NPWT.
  • State the indications for NPWT.
  • Discuss patient appropriateness for initiating NPWT.
  • Demonstrate wound assessment.
  • Discuss the precautions and contraindications for use of NPWT.
  • Describe and demonstrate a NPWT dressing application and removal, according to the Proficiency Standard Skills Checklist, with 100% accuracy.
  • Describe the nursing responsibilities when assessing the patient receiving NPWT.
  • Discuss the possible complications related to NPWT.
  • Discuss the indications for discontinuing NPWT.
  • Complete the end of program test.

All clinical staff are required to attain and maintain NPWT competency on an annual basis. This competency training requires:

  • Review of policy pertaining to Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT).
  • Completion of learning module and skills test.
  • Observation of at least one NPWT dressing application by the clinician.

The applicant will be awarded a Certificate of Completion reflecting hours completed during the program.

*Applicants may choose how many hours they wish to complete.




2.0 HRS

Program Type

Skills Competency Training