Open Abdomen Management


About Open Abdomen Management

The open abdomen management technique is the intentional creation of an open abdomen, leaving the fascial edges of the abdomen unapproximated. This technique allows a damaged or edematous viscera to expand, reducing intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) and related complications, and can help achieve primary fascial closure as early as clinically feasible.1,2

Key features for a temporary abdominal closure to manage an open abdomen include2,3

  • Easily applied
  • Limit contamination
  • Decrease bowel edema
  • Protect the viscera, fascia, and skin
  • Fluid removal
  • Minimize fascial retraction and loss of domain
  • Facilitate primary fascial closure

The Science Behind Our Products

Our solutions are built on a deep understanding of wound healing, supported by a large body of clinical evidence

Why It Matters

Clinical research has shown that removing potentially detrimental peritoneal fluid and achieving primary fascial closure are important goals when managing patients who require an open abdomen for the treatment of critical illness.4

The method of a temporary abdominal closure may play an important role in positive clinical and economic outcomes.5,6,7,8,9,10

Clinician Resources

KCI offers ABTHERA™ Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy for management of the open abdomen.

Clinical Evidences