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Improving Patient Safety & Care 2020 - Partner Profile - Smith & Nephew

Updated: Feb 11


Who are Smith & Nephew?


Smith & Nephew plc is a British multinational medical equipment manufacturing company headquartered in Watford, United Kingdom. It is an international producer of advanced wound management products, arthroscopy products, trauma and clinical therapy products, and orthopaedic reconstruction products. Supporting NHS organisations to transform processes and create efficiencies in clinical practice for better patient outcomes.

Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping healthcare professionals improve the quality of care for patients, by providing relevant and up-to-date medical education and training on our portfolio of Advanced Wound Management products. Working in conjunction with you, our team can support and deliver:


  • Clinical education

  • Bespoke practice change programmes

  • Audits

  • Case study support and publication development

  • Clinical Pathways support


Smith & Nephew is proud to support healthcare professionals by connecting them with other experts in their field of speciality. The Expert Connect Centre situated at Croxley Park on the outskirts of London, UK, enables healthcare professionals across multiple disciplines, to learn from their peers in an advanced, supportive setting. Events held here include Advanced Practitioner Forums, Expert Meetings and Wound Clubs. Find out more about these events and how you can get involved from your local Smith & Nephew representative.


How has Smith & Nephew improved patient safety and care across the health sector?




Achieving NICE Guidance for PICO Negative Pressure recommending the following:


Evidence supports the case for adopting Smith+Nephews PICO negative pressure wound dressings for closed surgical incisions in the NHS. They are associated with fewer surgical site infections and seromas compared with standard wound dressings.


PICO negative pressure wound dressings should be considered as an option for closed surgical incisions in people who are at high risk of developing surgical site infections.


Cost modelling suggests that PICO negative pressure wound dressings provide extra clinical benefits at a similar overall cost compared with standard wound dressings.


What has been your greatest achievement to date?


Achieving NICE Guidance for our PICO 7 Negative Pressure Wound Therapy range for the use on Closed Incisions. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/mtg43


And were there any measurable outcomes that accompanied this achievement?


Yes: Nice Evidence supports the case for adopting PICO negative pressure wound dressings for closed surgical incisions in the NHS. Specifically PICO 7 negative pressure supports the reduction of surgical site infections by 63% and reduces seromas up to 77% compared with standard wound dressings. There are obvious tangible health economic benefits such as reduced length of stay resulting from these outcomes.


Relevant evidence comes from 31 studies, 15 of which are randomised controlled trials.


How many organisations/clients currently utilise the service/solution across the UK?


The majority of Hospital & Community NHS Trusts use Smith+Nephew products and services.


Is there anything you would like to make delegates aware of ahead of the Improving Patient Safety & Care 2020 conference on 13th February?


Please come & talk to Smith+Nephew about how we can support you in driving efficiencies through our dedicated ‘System Transformation’ team.

What do you feel are the key points delegates need to digest when considering a partnership with Smith & Nephew?


As a British Medical Equipment Organisation, Smith+Nephew are proud to support the NHS and the wider British Health Economy.


If you would like to learn more about Smith & Nephew please visit https://www.smith-nephew.com/uk/

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