vacuum-assisted wound closure

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VACUUM-ASSISTED WOUND CLOSURE

vacuum-assisted wound closure

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wound VAC

A treatment for surgical wounds consisting of a pump that applies negative pressure to a wound space via tubing inserted into the wound; the pump is secured in place with a disposable sponge covered by a vapor-permeable dressing.
Synonym: negative pressure wound therapy See: illustration
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She was forced to wear a wound vac -- a small hand-held device fitted with a plastic tube, used to clear the infection on her thigh - and had a nurse visit her home to clean the wound every other day.
Experience with wound VAC and delayed primary closure of contaminated soft tissue injuries in Iraq.
Still to come is weaning off the wound vac, an acronym for vacuum-assisted closure, which pulls out fluids that seep into the wound and further hastens healing.
It is important to note that with large fresh wounds the use of a wound vac can lead to excessive hemorrhage.
After suturing the incision site, a wound vac was placed inferiorly in the left upper quadrant draining the rectus sheath.
The patient returned to the operating room on day 13 for debridement and split-thickness skin grafting to the dorsum of penis, and application of a wound vac. On day 18, the wound vac was removed, but the dorsal surface of the graft was not adherent.
Four hours later, abdominal compartment syndrome was diagnosed, and the patient was taken to the operating room where an abdominal wound VAC for open abdomen was placed.
Treatment options include tried and true methods as well as high-tech options such as wound vac. But we feel that with our focus, we are highly attentive and aggressive, which ultimately makes us successful in healing.
The facility began using "wound vac" equipment, trained its staff, and had the director of nursing become certified in wound care.
Instead, Colleen, who worked in fitness before the health scare, spent a month with a wound vac covering her leg before having 97 staples inserted to close the gash.
Quantifying bacterial bioburden during negative pressure wound therapy: does the wound VAC enhance bacterial clearance?
If turning back time was a possibility, I believe the concept behind the Wound VAC was probably first thought of by a nurse.