2012 Winner

The V.A.C. Via™ Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System, developed by KCI UK Holdings Ltd, offers streamlined patient care due to enhanced mobility and convenience. This allows patients to receive seven days of V.A.C. (Vacuum Assisted Closure) Therapy anywhere, allowing for the potential of a faster transition from the hospital. As part of the development process, KCI followed an internal usability engineering process intended to build intrinsic usability into new products and meet the regulatory requirements of the medical industry.

The device is a lightweight portable wound care device, the V.A.C. (Vacuum Assisted Closure) Via™ Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System which enables patients with moderate to low severity wounds to receive care in their own home or even at work. Human factors engineers at KCI were part of the team that contributed to the hand-shaped design, button size and user interface which makes the device easy and comfortable to use. These elements were developed following consultation with clinicians and patients.

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