Having a wound can be a challenging and scary experience, but your doctor feels that V.A.C.® Therapy is an appropriate way to manage your wound. This site was developed to help you better understand V.A.C.® Therapy and provide you with best use practices once the therapy is prescribed by your doctor.
V.A.C.® Therapy is a medical device that promotes wound healing by applying negative pressure (a vacuum) to your wound. Your wound is covered by a dressing that protects the injured area. The V.A.C.® Therapy works by bringing together your wound edges, removing blood and fluid that may contain infectious substances, and promoting new tissue growth, also called granulation.
For several years clinicians have worked with 3M to understand the optimal amount of negative pressure to apply to a wound to promote healing while not causing additional damage to the wound. Think of this like you think about your medicine. If you take too much, you can get sicker. If you don't take enough, the medicine won't work as well. The same applies to negative pressure and the management of the wound. For that reason, it is important that you do not change the settings on your V.A.C.® Therapy Unit unless instructed to do so by your healthcare provider. These settings control how much negative pressure is applied to your wound. Also, never remove your wound covering unless told to do so by your doctor or nurse.
To give your wound the best chance to heal while on V.A.C.® Therapy, you should leave the unit running and on the wound for a least 22 hours every day. That may seem like a lot of time, but this helps to promote healing.
Proper wound care management is needed to heal your wound. Your doctor has prescribed a V.A.C.® Therapy System for your care. A doctor or nurse is responsible for directing the use of the system, including therapy application and dressing changes. Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions from patients on V.A.C.® Therapy.
After V.A.C.® Therapy is complete, it is likely that your body is still healing. Your doctor may have suggested another type of wound dressing to help you continue healing, or may even perform surgery such as applying a skin graft.
It is important to understand that your body is still working to become whole again and it is important that you protect the skin and surrounding area from reinjury. This area will never be as strong as it once was so you need to be extra careful. Keep a close eye on the wound site and inform your doctor or nurse if the wound seems to look worse. Below are a few questions many ask when they have finished V.A.C.® Therapy.
Capture images and measurements to a digital journey, making it easy to track wound healing progress over time. If you need help, you can ask your nurse or caregiver for assistance.
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NOTE: Specific indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions and safety information exist for 3M products and therapies. Please consult a clinician and product instructions for use prior to application. Rx only.
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