Wound V.A.C.® and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – A Clinical Practice Guideline

woundvacWound V.A.C.® or Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is an essential part of any comprehensive wound care and hyperbaric center. Many wound & hyperbaric centers encounter multiple patients on V.A.C.® therapy on a daily basis. Surprisingly I have found that many centers do not have a policy on what to do with a wound V.A.C.® prior to placing the patient in the chamber. KCI (the leading manufacturer of negative pressure wound therapy NPWT) has published their clinical practice guideline with 2 options on how to address the complexities of placing a patient in a Hyperbaric chamber that is on wound V.A.C.® therapy. Click here to view.

For those that are concerned about the V.A.C.® dressing materials and the polyurethane foam that comprises the bulk of the dressing here is an article on the material evaluation for hyperbaric exposures. The conclusion to this evaluation is: Both polyurethane foam and polyester/silicone NPWT dressings were demonstrated to be safe with regard to cytotoxicity and autoignition when placed into typical therapeutic hyperbaric oxygen environments.

V.A.C.® is a registered trademark of Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI) is a global medical technology company with leadership positions in advanced wound care, negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) and Therapeutic Support Systems.

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEOS OF DISCONNECTION AND RECONNECTION OF VAC PRE AND POST HBOT

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One thought on “Wound V.A.C.® and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – A Clinical Practice Guideline

  1. Is anyone using that VAC setup, that St. Luke’s in Milwaukee wrote up(the paper is on achm.org). It uses the differential in pressure and a Boeringer Suction Reg to simulate the effects of NPWT. We used it at a facility I worked at prior and I was always a little leary about modifying chambers like that.

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