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Regarding wound vac therapy, what is the process of changing the dressing?

Regarding wound vac therapy, what is the process of changing the dressing?

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

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of ...Read more


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Hey i was wondering do you have to be put inthe hospital for a wound vac?

Hey i was wondering do you have to be put inthe hospital for a wound vac?

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

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Should i exercise with a wound vac?

Should i exercise with a wound vac?

No: you cannot put pressure to the area that the wound vac is in or it will lose its adhesion. ...Read more

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Wound vac placed on ankle. Does it work?

Wound vac placed on ankle. Does it work?

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

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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

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How effective is a wound vac for a wound infection ?

How effective is a wound vac for a  wound infection  ?

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

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Ideas? What nursing diagnosis would indicate the need for using a wound vac?

Ideas? What nursing diagnosis would indicate the need for using a wound vac?

Post surgical: Dehiscence, tunneling wounds, undermining wounds, deep wounds with significant amount of drainage are a few examples that could benefit from npwc or vac. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Does the wound vac work when the motor is not buzzing?

Yes: If there is a good seal the wound vac will only need to turn on intermittently. ...Read more

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