Can you use a wound vac on a fistula?

Conclusion: The VAC system can be an effective and economically viable method of containing fistula effluent and protecting the skin of patients with enterocutaneous fistulae. Contrary to conventional thought, the VAC system may also actually promote healing of the fistula.

When is a wound vac contraindicated?

Untreated osteomyelitis. Nonenteric or unexplored fistulas. Known allergies or sensitivity to acrylic adhesives. Placement of negative-pressure dressings directly in contact with exposed blood vessels, organs, or nerves.

How long can a KCI wound vac stay on?

For a non-infected wound: KCI recommends the V.A.C. ® Dressings be changed every 48 to 72 hours, but no less than 3 times per week. For infected wounds: These wounds must be monitored often and very closely. Infected wounds dressing changes may need to be changed more often than 48 to 72 hours.

How long does wound vac take to heal?

“How long will we need to use the wound vac before a wound heals?” Results vary greatly by size, situation and type of wound. However, with proper use and monitoring of wound vacs, we find that many wounds heal within 4 – 6 weeks when using negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT).

What is the fastest way to heal a fistula wound?

Other instructions

  1. Place a maxi pad or gauze in your underwear to absorb drainage from your fistula while it heals.
  2. Sit in a few inches of warm water (sitz bath) for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Apply ice several times a day for 10 to 20 minutes at a time.
  4. Support your feet with a small step stool when you sit on the toilet.

What is white foam used for in a wound vac?

White foam is hydrophilic. It is intended to hold moisture next to structures like tendon, bone and hardware. The extent to which wound fluid is able to move through hydrophilic foams depends on the material that the foam consists of. Some foams are made of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) material.

How do you shower with KCI Wound VAC?

The clear V.A.C. ® Drape is waterproof. You can wash or shower with the dressings in place and with the tube clamped (closed off). Turn off the unit and unplug it from the electrical outlet.

How much does a KCI Wound VAC weigh?

The recently launched V.A.C. Via Therapy System is specifically designed for mobility and weighs only 0.7 lbs with a 250 ml canister. 11) What is the interface with the wound? KCI offers a variety of wound dressings: V.A.C.

Can I take a shower with a wound vac?

It’s possible to shower with a wound VAC by disconnecting the VAC system. (Note that you shouldn’t leave your VAC system unplugged for more than 2 hours per day.) It’s not a good idea to take a bath with a wound VAC, however, because sitting in water can expose your wound to bacterial infections.

What color is fistula drainage?

One week after surgery, the wound begins discharging copious amounts of green drainage and an opening from a fistula develops at the medial aspect of the wound (see photograph). High output from a fistula can trigger fluid and electrolyte imbalances, so watch for sodium, potassium, and chloride depletion.

How can KCI help manage patients with fistulas?

Managing patients with fistulas is challenging and represents a significant unmet need. KCI offers a wide range of wound healing solutions such as V.A.C.® Therapy and advanced wound dressings.

What is KCI wound care?

Clinician Resources KCI offers a wide range of wound healing solutions such as V.A.C.® Therapy and advanced wound dressings. KCI is a trusted partner offering clinically proven, economically beneficial wound healing therapies designed to deliver positive outcomes for patients and healthcare professionals.

How does VAC work in wound care?

V.A.C.® Therapy Mechanisms of Action V.A.C.® Therapy creates an environment that promotes wound healing by delivering negative pressure (a vacuum) at the wound site through a proprietary foam dressing, drawing the wound edges together, removing infectious materials, reducing edema, and promoting granulation tissue formation.

How do I use fistula funnel®?

3. Insert Fistula Funnel® fully into hole until top flange is seated on top of wound dressing. Ensure bottom flange is flush with bottom of wound dressing and base skirt extends below wound dressings. 4. Prepare wound bed. Place assembled Fistula Funnel® and dressing onto wound bed so that Fistula Funnel® base is centered over fistula or wound.