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Table of Contents - Year : 2016 | Month : April | Volume : 10 | Issue : 4 | Page : RC05 - RC08

Evaluation of Vacuum Assisted Closure Therapy for Soft Tissue Injury in Open Musculoskeletal Trauma RC05-RC08

Manish Raj, S.P.S. Gill, Sunil Kumar Sheopaltan, Pulkesh Singh, Dinesh, Jasveer Sigh, Prateek Rastogi, L.N. Mishra

Dr. Manish Raj,
G 304, Type-3 Flat, New Campus, UPRIMS&R, Saifai, Etawah-206301, U.P, India.

Introduction: The application of controlled levels of negative or sub atmospheric pressure for a prolonged period of time on a wound had shown to accelerate removal of excess fluid and promote hyperaemia, which eventually promote wound healing.

Aim: The study was conducted with the aim to evaluate the effectiveness of Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) therapy for soft tissue injury in open musculoskeletal trauma.

Materials and Methods: Twenty cases of complex musculoskeletal wound involving different parts of body were included in this progressive randomized study. In patients, aggressive debridement was done before the application of VAC therapy. Controlled negative pressure was uniformly applied to the wound. Dressings were changed after every 4 to 5 days. The evaluation of results included healing rate of the wound, eradication of infection, complication rate, and number of secondary procedures.

Results: VAC therapy over the wound was administered for an average of 20.4 days ±6.72 days (range 14 to 42 days). There was decrease in wound size attained by VAC therapy ranged from 2.6 to 24.4cm², with an average reduction of 10.55 cm². Three wounds were infected at the start of VAC therapy. However, all patients were cleared of bacterial infection by the end of VAC therapy.

Conclusion: VAC therapy using negative pressure promote Wound healing by increasing local capillary perfusion and increased rate of granulation tissue formation, decreases the duration of wound healing and requires fewer painful dressing change.