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KCI, an Acelity Company, presents a publishing competition

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation




KCI, an Acelity company, is proud to collaborate with Cureus to introduce the first Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation publishing competition.

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation (NPWTi-d) combines the benefits of NPWT with controlled delivery of topical solutions and suspensions over the wound bed. In addition to reducing edema and promoting perfusion and granulation tissue formation, the inclusion of instillation therapy assists with wound cleansing by loosening and removing soluble contaminants between dressing changes.

To encourage continued research and knowledge sharing focused on recent advances to Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation, we are seeking the following:

  • Case reports and case series that explore and document clinical results of NPWTi-d
  • Original articles analyzing NPWTi-d effects on clinical efficacy, length-of-stay, patient comfort and patient compliance
  • Technical reports outlining and evaluating procedural experience and practice knowledge using NPWTi-d technology

The winner of this competition will be determined by general acclaim of the medical community using Cureus SIQ™ crowdsourcing technology. To encourage knowledge sharing and cross-disciplinary awareness, all published materials will be indexed with PubMed Central and made accessible for open-access full article review. Related publications will also be distributed to large communities of clinicians worldwide. We encourage you to contribute!

Competition Entries

The entry period is now closed. Competition entries appear below as they are published. Now is your chance to score and discuss these articles. Remember, prizes will be awarded to the three highest-scoring articles!

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December 08, 2016
Case Report

The Use of NPWT-i Technology in Complex Surgical Wounds

Paula Rupert, Robert A. Ochoa, Laurie Punch, Jeffrey Van Epps, Sherilyn Gordon-Burroughs, Sylvia Martinez


Competition entry and article submission is entirely free. All submitted work must be previously unpublished. Eligible entries include original articles, case reports and technical reports.

All articles must be submitted and formatted via the template-driven, self-publishing Cureus platform. Authors are encouraged to include supporting animations and videos within their article submissions. Reference limits vary by article type. For additional information on publishing with Cureus, please refer to our Author Guide.

Statement of Independence 

  • Cureus Publishing Competitions are intended to encourage medical discovery, document clinical experiences – be they positive, negative, or neutral - and foster broader educational outreach through open access publication that is free to both authors and readers.
  • Article submissions must adhere to the described “call for articles” and are open to any and all related manufacturer or vendor technologies.
  • As a firewall to ensure objective and credible science, article selection, editorial review, peer review and publication are strictly independent of sponsoring company. 
  • Winning articles are determined exclusively via peer review panel and community crowdsourced scoring. Neither sponsoring company, nor Cureus, can determine competition outcome.

Other Stipulations

  • All clinical studies must be compliant with applicable regulatory, ethics / IRB, and other rules governing protection of human subjects.
  • All non-clinical studies must be compliant with applicable AAUC, AAALAC, and other related regulations.
  • This program is not intended to promote or otherwise encourage unapproved, un-cleared use of products or any product for unapproved new use.
  • This program in no way promotes or purports to encourage any research that is not in compliance with any local, federal, or other applicable governing laws.




Winning Article Awards

Three monetary prizes will be awarded to the published articles that receive the highest Cureus SIQ™ (Scholarly Impact Quotient™) score:

  • $5,000 USD for 1st place
  • $2,000 USD for 2nd place
  • $1,000 USD for 3rd place

Subsequent to a formal editorial and peer review, published articles undergo SIQ scoring - Cureus’ unique crowdsourced, secondary peer-review process. In addition to measuring engagement, SIQ allows the community-at-large to rate the quality of individual articles. Reviewers assign scores from 1 to 10 on criteria including clarity and rationale, clinical importance, study design and methods, data analysis, novelty of conclusions and quality of presentation.

Aggregated community SIQ scores allow clinicians and researchers to quickly assess article quality in a manner similar to that of Amazon® and Yelp® community reviews.

Eligible articles must receive a minimum of 5 scores. (A Cureus user can assign only one score per article.) As engagement and scoring is critical to winning, authors are highly encouraged to share their published articles via social media and email.

Referral Award

Not interesting in submitting related research? Please help further medical discovery by referring this publishing program to relevant colleagues within your network. Be the first to refer the winning article author and you’ll receive $1,000 USD for your efforts.

Please click here to refer this program to colleagues.

Sunshine Act Reporting

Section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act requires applicable manufacturers of covered drugs, devices, biologicals, and medical supplies to report payments or other transfers of value made to physicians and teaching hospitals. For winning article and referral awards paid to “covered recipients,” award fees shall be supplied to KCI for subsequent Sunshine Act reporting.

Peer Review Panel

We’ve assembled a world-class peer review panel to review all submitted articles. Click on a reviewer name to learn more.

Article analysis and commentary performed by the peer review panel are strictly independent of the sponsor.

Subhas Gupta

Subhas Gupta

M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.C. | Plastic Surgery

Loma Linda University Health
Loma Linda, California, United States
Allen Gabriel

Allen Gabriel

M.D., F.A.C.S. | Plastic Surgery

PeaceHealth Medical Group
Vancouver, Washington, United States
John  Lantis

John Lantis

M.D. | Surgery

St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center
New York, New York, United States
Devinder Singh

Devinder Singh

M.D. | Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery, Anne Arundel Medical Group
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
Rosemary Hill

Rosemary Hill

R.N. | Internal Medicine

Wound Ostomy Continence Care, Vancouver Coastal Health - Lions Gate Hospital
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Paul Kim

Paul Kim

M.Sc., Other | Podiatry

Plastic Surgery, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Sigrid Blome-Eberwein

Sigrid Blome-Eberwein

M.D. | Plastic Surgery

Reginal Burn Center, Lehigh Valley Hospital Network
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Luc Teot

Luc Teot

Associate Professor, M.D., Ph.D. | Plastic Surgery

Department of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Montpellier University Hospital
Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées, France
Susan K. Mendez-Eastman

Susan K. Mendez-Eastman

R.N. | Internal Medicine

Wound Ostomy, Nebraska Medicine Bellevue
Bellevue, Nebraska, United States

Key Dates

  • Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Competition begins; articles may now be submitted.
  • Monday, October 3, 2016 – Article submission deadline @ 5:00 pm PT (Deadline extended!)
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 – Peer review of all eligible articles concludes @ 5:00 pm PT.
  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 – Competition crowdsourced scoring (SIQ) complete @ 5:00 pm PT.
  • Thursday, December 22, 2016 – Winning articles announced