What is a VAC?
What is a VAC (Vacuum Assisted Closure) machine?
This therapy improves healing by:
- Stimulating new tissue and skin to grow
- Pulling off germs from the wound
- Pulling off excess fluid from the wound
VAC therapy is a system that uses controlled negative pressure (mild suction) to help heal a wound. Patients using the VAC at Penrose St. Francis Health Care System have had their wounds healed very quickly. The VAC machine is so small that it can be worn as a fanny pack or carried like a briefcase or purse.
The VAC machine has four parts:
- Computer controlled unit
- Cannister that connects to the unit to collect fluid
- Tubing that connects the unit to the dressing
- Foam that connects to the tubing.
Dressing changes - are done three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.