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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System fact sheet

PICO – Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System

pico-single-use-deviceImportant things to note

  • The device (pictured right) is small enough to be placed in a pocket or small bag attaching to clothing, allowing being carried about and therefore preventing the tube being caught.
  • The dressing stays on until you are to return for review (usually one week). The pump only has a life of seven days.
  • Contact the hospital if you see excessive wound ooze on the dressing around where the tube joins the dressing (see diagram right)
  • Do not shower with the pump, sponge bath only.
  • The pump’s tubing should be considered a choking hazard and should be kept free from the face and neck.
  • Never turn the device off without seeking medical advice from the hospital.

Warning signals

There are 3 x warning lights on the PICO pump:

  1. While the PICO pump is working correctly a green light will flash continuously on the OK light;
  2. If there is a low suction in the dressing, a flashing orange light above the leak symbol will alert you. You may also hear the pump make a buzzing sound. This signals that the suction is low because of an air leak somewhere in the seal around the dressing. Reinforce the edges of the dressing with clear adhesive tape provided on discharge, and then press the orange button to restart the pump. The air leak is resolved when the green “OK” light flashes again and the buzzing stops.
  3. The pump is battery operated by 2 x lithium AA batteries. These should only be changed if the battery indicator flashes orange together with the “OK” light flashing green. (They should only require changing because the motor is struggling and trying to resolve a leak – you must then press the orange start button).

Contact the hospital immediately if:

  • There is a sudden increase or large amount of blood on the dressing.
  • The dressing feels or appears loose.
  • There is an increase in pain, redness or smell.
  • The device keeps flashing as an alarm and/or continually buzzing.

Contact us

Pegg Leditschke Children’s Burns Centre
Queensland Children’s Hospital
Level 5, 501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane
t: 07 3068 2830
t: 07 3068 1111 (general enquiries)

In an emergency, always call 000.

If it’s not an emergency but you have any concerns, contact 13 Health (13 43 2584). Qualified staff will give you advice on who to talk to and how quickly you should do it. You can phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Resource No: FS169. Developed by Burns Unit. Updated: January 2016. All information contained in this sheet has been supplied by qualified professionals as a guideline for care only. Seek medical advice, as appropriate, for concerns regarding your child’s health.