Patients with acute and traumatic wounds, pressure ulcers or chronic open wounds may require a special procedure known as a wound V.A.C., or vacuum assisted closure. During this process, the nurse will apply foam to your wound and then add tubing which applies a negative pressure to the area. A Wound VAC is used specifically to:
- Enhance delayed or impaired wound healing
- Apply localized pressure to draw the edges of the wound toward the center
- Remove interstitial fluid for tissue decompression
- Remove infectious materials
- Provide a closed moist wound healing environment
Having a wound V.A.C. performed should help your wound heal faster and with fewer complications.