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Wound Vac How Much Noise Will It Make
My dads wound vac just started beeping after being on for 5 days w/out noise. Should I be concerned? Is there a volume button to turn it down?
Error beeping: So there are a few possibilities. The battery is getting low and needs to be plugged in, the wound vac has lost its seal and is no longer functioning or the wound vac reservoir is full and the cannister needs to be exchanged. ...Read more
What will happen to my wound if my wound vac hasn't pulled any drainage out of my wound in over 24 hours?
Nothing: Your wound vac serves multiple purposes, only one of which is to drain fluid if it is present. Just because there is no fluid does not mean it is not working properly. ...Read more
Is it normal for drainage to be sitting still in the tubing of a wound vac? Or does that mean it is not working properly?
Normal finding: As long as the vac is on ; functional, just seeing fluid in the hose is not a problem. ...Read more
No: Negative pressure wound therapy devices such as the vac can be appied in a number of settings.....Out-patient clinics, in home, etc... ...Read more
KCI wound VAC: In my opinion the most effective of these devices is the kci system. It consists of a sponge, vacuum machine, tubing, and sticky plastic cover (looks like Saran wrap). Usually 3 days per week the dressing is changed. The sponge (usually black but others available depending in wound goals) is placed over the entire wound, airtight plastic cover is put over top, tubing connected to suction. ...Read more
Yes, Wound VACs work: Wound vacs are a type of closed dressing with the advantage of suctioning away excess fluid from the wound&allowing it to heal quicker as well making the wound smaller due to the negative pressure that is applied. They can also be a temporising measure to allow later skin graft placement or flap reconstruction. The latter is needed for durable coverage or exposed bone, tendons etc after injuries. ...Read more
Yes: If there is a good seal the wound vac will only need to turn on intermittently. ...Read more
Wound vacs: Wounds that have a wound vacuum device on them for healing need to be followed using the manufacturers guidelines. As the number of wound vacuum devices increase on the market place, the answer to your question may differ. For the most commonly used devices, changing them at least three times per week is suggested. ...Read more
No: ... In fact it may mean there's a leak if you hear that. It should say on the screen. If the foam is staying compressed its probably working right. ...Read more
Not used alone!: A wound vac in itself, is not used for a wound infection. However, combined with the appropriate antibiotics and debridement of dead/macerated tissue, the wound vac helps in preventing the pooling of body fluids within the wound site, minimizing the progression of an infection. ...Read more
I had a pilonidal cyst removed& a wound vac placed it used to make noise but is now silent except periodically it makes noise is this normal?
Yes can shut off: There are times that we will set a vac to intermittent suction as well. The purpose is to stimulate granulation tissue to form or promote faster healing. That would also explain the vac shutting on and off. ...Read more
I have a wound vac from an infection and now when my wife change's it she says it smells like almonds. Should I worry afbout smell?
Meaningless finding: Wound odor is meaningless. If you remember that part of healing is inflammations which includes (swelling).This is caused by fluid from the blood vessels bringing healing blood to the wound. The blood fluid leaks out and as it does, it loses blood supply which means it will putrefy (rot). That causes odor. Since it is away from the wound, other than the smell, it means nothing. No tx needed. ...Read more
If sternal debridement is performed on the sternum do they have to leave it open and do you have to wear a wound vac?
Many options: If the sternum was debrided due to infection, then yes, it has to be left open to heal from the bottom up. Using suction therapy (vac is just one brand) is an excellent way to help large/deep open wounds heal but the infection must be treated first by removing the infected, non-healing tissue and then antibiotics directed specifically at the bacteria that caused the problems. Wound consult helps. ...Read more
I have had an open hernia surgical site for 51/2 months that will heal and I have been going to a wound clinic for a month. Is a wound vac an opition?
Why isn't my wound vac incision site on my abdomen closing almost three months after having it removed? Could scar tissue be keeping it from closing?
Persistent Seroma: Seromas following surgery can be very frustrating for both the surgeon and for the patient. Though usually most seromas get better with time occasionally there are some seromas to refuse to go away. Seromas that have been present for a long time tend to form capsules which prevents permanent resolution. Sometimes these chronic seromas need to be surgically removed. ...Read more
Abdo abscess fever post op last night it rupture now I have large hole in wound vac site. Surgeon won't listen, won't see me till 21st what should Ido?
Second Opinion: Go to ER for evaluation and get the name of another surgeon for a second opinion. As a former Trauma surgeon I would have seen you that day or the next morning, probably not emergent but needs immediate attention. The problem probably cured itself by draining, but it still needs to be seen by a doc. ...Read more
I have a wound vac on my left forearm. It has caused my hand to swell and is extremely uncomfortable and annoying. Can my doctor loosen it for me?
Call your doctor: To inform them of this problem right away to see what corrective action can be taken. ...Read more
Need 2nd fasciotomy of medial compartment of foot. Surgeon says will leave open w/ wound vac drain for 2 weeks. Can I bear weight w/ crutches or walk?
Open foot wound: Whenever a wound is left open to drain, it is advised to be non weight bearing. You can use a Rollie that keeps the weight off the foot or learn to use crutches and keep your weight off your foot. ...Read more
Wound vac on stomach now 4 2wks notice terrible smell come fm under adhesive when change dressing saw redrash &yellow pimples &marks outsidewound area?
The drape for the wound vac is causing redness, irritation and pain, is there anything else I could use for cover? I have a wound vac to lower abdomen
Hypoallergenic: Tape, adhesive, cloth or gauze. I suggest sterile Telfa, covered by 1-2 layers of sterile gauze, held in place by hypoallergenic tape= sterile pressure dressing. Consult your surgeon. ...Read more
CTscan=Possible umbilical hernia. What's differential diagnosis? Have had 2 cesarean, 1 EXTREME dehisence, wound vac, revision surgery b/c not healing, PAIN
Hernia versus other: If I'm understanding correctly you had wound healing complications after you C-devotion. You still have pain and a non-healing wound wound? You could have a hernia, and the CT should show that. If not you mace have scar tissue or adhesions causing pain. Generally if a wound is chronic after surgery you would worry about infection or chronic irritation around a suture. ...Read more
12.16 partial hamstring tear is it normal to still have a lot of pain My knee and thigh are killing me my calf starting to cramp Ortho Dr on vac to1.6?
Hamstring injury: Length of time one takes to recover depends on the severity of the injury, Rest, Ice, Partial weight bear with crutches. Consistent use of NSAIDs. For 3-4 weeks is the norm. MRI testing and physical therapy can also be useful, to assess severity of injury and assist with the healing process. (Pt for 6-8 weeks). It may take 6-12 weeks to return to return to full running and jumping. ...Read more
My mom has stage 4 breast cancer, last month had to have emergency surgery for a perforated colon. She is not healing even with a wound vac?
Use high suction: Stage 4 Breast Ca may not be contributing if she is in good shape and not on chemo which impedes healing. If bowel perforation is from diverticular disease and not from disease, if problem is drainage, the Vac should be on high suction and patient given hyperalimentation to improve healing of wound. ...Read more
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