7. Disposition of Submission by Kinetic Concepts, Inc.
Figure 7 is an attrition diagram that depicts the status of
documents that Kinetic Concepts Inc. submitted for possible inclusion
in the report.
The diagram begins with a box outlining the total submission
of 593 documents. Several boxes ensue which are connected by
arrows going from top to bottom which follow the submissions
as they are being screened for possible inclusion in the report.
In the first frame, we compare KCI's submission to submissions
by other interested stakeholders and remove any duplicates. KCI
had zero duplicate submissions.
An arrow leads from the 593 Unique Submissions to the Initial
Screening Phase where documents may be excluded, used in our Background Section or passed to the next level. In this instance,
178 documents were identified for exclusion. 143 were case reports,
abstracts, or poster presentations; 1 was product information;
2 were personal communications; and 32 were other documents not
relevant to the report.
One document was identified for inclusion in our Background
The path then follows the 414 full articles remaining. During
this phase of screening we do a more extensive screening which
is again based on our pre-determined inclusion/exclusion criteria.
Go to our Methods Section for additional information on the criteria.
272 articles were excluded during this evaluation phase. 31
were animal studies; four were cost analyses; 9 were duplicate
studies; 30 included fewer than five patients; 13 were guidelines;
five were homemade devices; 3 were in vitro studies; 141 were
narrative reviews; nine did not include relevant outcomes; four
were not clinical studies; five did not include a NPWT device;
one was not a NPWT study; and seventeen were excluded for Other
Reasons which may include "inclusion of healthy subjects", "lack
of reporting wound healing outcomes" or "patients
treated with dual therapies."
Of the 142 full articles remaining for possible inclusion in
the report; 117 were already identified in our literature searches.
Of the 25 studies that ultimately met the inclusion criteria
but were not identified in the literature searches; two studies
were included in Key Question 1, 22 studies were relevant to
Key Question 3 and one was included as a systematic review of
NPWT. Note: Language has been corrected to reflect screening
of meeting abstracts, poster presentations and other documents
in addition to abstracts of full articles.
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