Biodegradable temporising matrix: use of negative pressure wound therapy shows a significantly higher success rate by Cindy L Austin

J Wound Care. 2023 Mar 2;32(3):159-166. doi: 10.12968/jowc.2023.32.3.159.


OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this case series was to evaluate the efficacy of a synthetic biodegradable temporising matrix (BTM; PolyNovo Biomaterials Pty Ltd, Australia) and compare the outcome of BTM patients with and without negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT).

METHOD: A retrospective chart review was conducted on patients admitted with deep full-thickness burns, traumatic or complex wound injuries treated with BTM. Electronic medical records and images were evaluated by a team of clinical professionals. Endpoints included: the measure of successful BTM integration; and comparison between patients treated with and without NPWT. Additional measures were BTM total surface area, BTM sites, timeliness of BTM application and any complications.

RESULTS: A total of 28 patients were evaluated and 23 (82.1%) demonstrated overall successful BTM integration. Patients treated with BTM in conjunction with NPWT (n=16) demonstrated a significantly higher (p=0.046) integration rate compared to patients treated without NPWT (n=12) (93.8% versus 58.3%, respectively). Patients treated with BTM with NPWT continued to successfully integrate and sustain favourable outcomes despite the presence of severe infection or the development of haematomas.

CONCLUSION: A significantly higher integration rate was demonstrated when BTM was used in conjunction with NPWT. The results of this study further support the efficacy of successful integration of BTM as a replacement for tissue loss in the treatment of deep, full-thickness burns, traumatic and complex wound injuries, and particularly favourable outcomes with the use of NPWT. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case series comparing the clinical outcomes of BTM with and without the use of NPWT.

PMID:36930194 | DOI:10.12968/jowc.2023.32.3.159