EP, Sia SF and Fong (0018) MODIFIED VACUUM-ASSISTED CLOSURE. Journal of Health and Translational Medicine.

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The treatment of large ulcers is a problem. Closure with flaps and even skin grafts in compromised patients is often fraught with risks. Dressing these large wounds is also a problem, as they are often heavily exudative. We report our experience using the vacuum-assisted closure technique in managing difficult ulcers in four patients. A modification of the technique using cheap, easily available materials is described. The vacuum-assisted suction is an effective treatment for large ulcers in compromised patients. It facilitates considerable contraction of the wound, and in smaller wounds; the vacuum-assisted closure allows sufficient contracture to enable delayed primary closure. We recommend the use of this method of wound dressing and closure in large wounds particularly, in high-risk patients where extensive flap coverage or even split skin graft would incur considerable risk. (JUMMEC 2006; 9(2): 24-27)

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Modified vacuum-assisted closure, difficult ulcers
Depositing User: MR. ADNAN YAHYA
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 0018
Last Modified: 12 Oct 0018

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