Negative pressure wound therapy with off-the-shelf components

Trung D. Bui, Sergio Huerta, Ian L. Gordon

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Abstract

Background: The KCI Wound VAC system (Kinetic Concepts, Inc, San Antonio, TX) for providing negative-pressure therapy for wounds is expensive and may not be available for patients without insurance. We have examined the feasibility of using off-the-shelf components to provide comparable negative pressure therapy at less cost. Methods: Adhesive iodine-impregnated drape, a flat Jackson-Pratt drain (Cardinal Health, McGaw Park, IL), and foam prep sponges stapled together are used to assemble a dressing connected to wall suction (negative 75-100 mm Hg) to create negative pressure wound therapy that is relatively inexpensive (<$60 component cost). Results: We have used this system in more than 40 cases with results that seem comparable to the commercial system and have not seen bleeding or other complications. Conclusion: Off-the-shelf components can be safely employed to provide effective negative pressure therapy for wounds and skin grafts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-237
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Volume192
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2006

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Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy
Costs and Cost Analysis
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Bandages
Insurance
Iodine
Hemorrhage
Transplants
Pressure
Skin
Health
Wounds and Injuries
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Negative pressure therapy
  • Off-the-shelf system
  • Vacuum assisted closure
  • Wound, Skin graft

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  • Surgery

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Negative pressure wound therapy with off-the-shelf components. / Bui, Trung D.; Huerta, Sergio; Gordon, Ian L.

In: American Journal of Surgery, Vol. 192, No. 2, 08.2006, p. 235-237.

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Bui, Trung D. ; Huerta, Sergio ; Gordon, Ian L. / Negative pressure wound therapy with off-the-shelf components. In: American Journal of Surgery. 2006 ; Vol. 192, No. 2. pp. 235-237.
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