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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.

 

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