The use of negative pressure wound therapy in veterinary wound care

Louise O'Dwyer
February 2014

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) or vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) of wounds is a treatment modality that consists of applying sub-atmospheric, or negative, pressure to a wound resulting in wound protection, drainage and accelerated wound healing. NPWT systems are constructed by the use of commercial or improvised systems; the wound is packed with open cell polyurethane foam or gauze, covered with adhesive drape and connected with tubing to an adjustable suction device. Recently, more portable, single-use systems have been developed, that make them more versatile for use, particularly in veterinary patients.

The use of negative pressure wound therapy in veterinary wound care
The use of negative pressure wound therapy in veterinary wound care

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