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V.A.C. Therapy Indications and Contraindications

Indications for Use

The V.A.C.® Via, ActiV.A.C.®, InfoV.A.C.®, V.A.C. ATS®, and V.A.C. Freedom® Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Systems are integrated wound management systems for use in acute, extended and home care settings. They are intended to create an environment that promotes wound healing by secondary or tertiary (delayed primary) intention by preparing the wound be for closure, reducing edema, promoting granulation tissue formation and perfusion, and by removing exudate and infectious material. They are indicated for patients with chronic, acute, traumatic, subacute and dehisced wounds, partial-thickness burns, ulcers (such as diabetic, pressure or venous insufficiency),flaps and grafts.

The V.A.C. GranuFoam Silver Dressing is an effective barrier to bacterial penetration and may help reduce infection in the above wound types.

The V.A.C.® Therapy System, also known as NPWT (Negative Pressure Wound Therapy), is an integrated wound management system for use in acute, extended and home care settings. It is intended to create an environment that promotes wound healing by secondary or tertiary (delayed primary) intention by preparing the wound bed for closure, reducing edema, promoting granulation tissue formation and perfusion, and by removing exudate and infectious material. It is indicated for patients with chronic, acute, traumatic, subacute and dehisced wounds, partial-thickness burns, ulcers (such as diabetic or pressure), flaps and grafts.

The V.A.C. GranuFoam Silver Dressing is an effective barrier to bacterial penetration and may help reduce infection in the above wound types.

Contraindications

Do not place foam dressings of the V.A.C. Therapy System directly in contact with exposed blood vessels, anastomotic sites, organs, or nerves.

NOTE: Refer to Warnings section for additional information concerning Bleeding

V.A.C. Therapy is contraindicated for patients with:

  • Malignancy in the wound
  • Untreated osteomyelitis

NOTE: Refer to Warnings section for Osteomyelitis information.

  • Non-enteric and unexplored fistulas
  • Necrotic tissue with eschar present 

NOTE: After debridement of necrotic tissue and complete removal of eschar, V.A.C.Therapy may be used.

  • Sensitivity to silver (V.A.C. GranuFoam Silver Dressing only).

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