Reviews: Wound Vac

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Wound Vac

KCI
Category: Gear & Gifts
Subcategory: Miscellaneous
Price: n/a
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(34 Votes)
Description:

Designed for higher acuity wounds for patients in acute care and long-term care facilities

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    Lisa, Thu, 21 Jun 2007 21:08:50 UTC.
    1st review

    These are awesome.
    I've never seen chronic wounds heal so fast.

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    geena, Mon, 25 Jun 2007 11:10:07 UTC.

    I agree. We had a patient with a ***HUGE*** abdominal wound. It took up at least half his abdomen. You could see the size of the wound very well because of the black sponge for the wound vac. Every week the black sponge filling the wound would get smaller and smaller.

    It was truly amazing. And the stuff that was sucked out of that wound... it would have taken MANY dressing changes/reinforcements every day without that vac.

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    homecare71, Tue, 10 Jul 2007 22:50:27 UTC.

    It definitely heals wounds fast. I use them daily in home health, and just finished an inservice. They are coming out with a new updated version, which will allow the company to see a virtual wound, as you treat it. If used correctly, it can work wonders, but please call KCI if you want education, they are great! Doctors need inservices!

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    upmcnurse, Sat, 22 Mar 2008 22:35:13 UTC.

    We use these at our hospital and they work great. We had a woman with bilateral thigh wounds the size of a dinner plate. a month later they were down to the size of a fist.

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    Done, Thu, 03 Apr 2008 17:06:01 UTC.

    Phenominal results

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    AbusyRN2go, Wed, 18 Jun 2008 00:29:14 UTC.

    I have used the Vac for many years on hundreds of diff wounds including pressure ulcers, it has work about 98% of the time which is pretty good odds

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    nursetb38, Fri, 20 Jun 2008 06:45:52 UTC.

    We used this product in our facility. Very good results were aquired. I saw wounds from pressure sores all the way to infected incisional sites go from hugh gaping wounds to healed tissue. It is a bit tricky to do the dressing changes and if the pt is mobile you need to reinforce it alot but all in all great product that healed many wounds that were life threatening.

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    jgonzarn, Thu, 31 Jul 2008 14:48:05 UTC.

    If used correctly the Wound Vac is one of the best interventions to use on wounds.

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    ag_sonyacole, Mon, 01 Sep 2008 20:59:29 UTC.

    Miracle wound healer in my opinion

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    diane316, Mon, 22 Sep 2008 03:21:03 UTC.

    These are great!

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    Account Removed, Sat, 01 Nov 2008 02:13:53 UTC.

    We see these a lot where I work & they do amazing things! I have never seen wounds heal so quickly & am amazed at the process the patients make when these are used. Can be a bit tricky to get the dressings intact at first but when it's done properly they do a wonderful job.

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    kstiltner1, Sat, 08 Nov 2008 16:34:05 UTC.

    Good product.

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    nurse33, Tue, 17 Mar 2009 21:16:56 UTC.

    Wound Vac's have revalutionized wound care!! Their great!

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    gemalicious70, Tue, 24 Mar 2009 04:54:29 UTC.

    THIS PRODUCT IS SO FANTASTIC. IT'S INITIALLY APPLIED IN SURGERY AND IT STAYS ON UNTIL THE DESIRED LEVEL OF WOUND HEALING IS ACHIEVED. A WOUND OSTOMY CONTINENCE NURSE CHANGES THE DRESSING AT THE BEDSIDE WHEN IT'S APPROPRIATE. THESE HAVE MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE HEALING OF WOUNDS.

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    sstott, Wed, 25 Mar 2009 18:13:11 UTC.

    I am a patient and I have had a KCI wound vac on since December 10th. The hole in my back at the time the machine was placed was 6 x 6 inches with some tunneling. It is now March 25th and there is no tunneling and the hole is 3.5 x 3.5. Yes, the machine did make the hole smaller, but it has also dried it out, caused a foul odor and given me a chronic shoulder pain from carrying it around. I can't tell you how many times I have snagged the excess of tubing on something because it all does not fit very well in the little pocket provided for it. If I do manage to get it all in there some where it will usually get pinched and I will get low pressure alarms. I have had so many problems with this vac. I get alarms constant'y for low pressure or for the canister being full. I will get a canister full alarm the day after I put on a new canister. There will be almost nothing in it and it will tell me it is full. Right now, I can not get it to keep its pressure. It is as noisy as a motorcycle going by my house except for the machine is right next to me.
    I can not sleep well because of the tubing. I can not bathe well because of the tape. I can not get around very well because of the machine. Yes the machine is "lightweight" and only weighs about 3 or 4 pounds after a couple days of drainage, but 3 or 4 pounds of weight on your shoulder everyday and every time you stand up to walk around causes some serious shoulder pain. I really, truly believe that my doctor put me on this machine so that he would not have to deal with me as often. Afterall, he did tell me that he did not know what to do with me because he had never seen anything like me before. This is the difficult healing wound specialist at the University of Michigan Hospitals.
    I can not see where the woumd vac has done any good for me than the wet to dry dressings that were being done before.
    I would not reccommend this to anyone that is not going to be laid up in a hospital bed while wearing the machine. It is not where near the idea of convienent that KCI, or doctors and nurses make it out to be. They may think it is, but if they had to deal with one for 3 1/2 months, I doubt they would see the convience factor in it anymore.

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    Aurilia, Wed, 25 Mar 2009 20:47:52 UTC.

    I have had a chance to assist with ongoing care with a wound vac and the rate of regeneration and healing was fanominal!!!!!!!

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    honeyrose92, Thu, 26 Mar 2009 18:30:26 UTC.

    It is one of the fastest ways to heal wounds. I was really surprised. You can teach the family how to use t and do th dressing changes. The people at KCI are great to work ... very patient and understanding.

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    USAFlightMedic, Mon, 14 Sep 2009 17:24:43 UTC.

    A excellent tool that certainly adds to healing many wounds. We took these on in the military and have gained some great results. Overall many more happy and healthy patients in the end.

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    Account Removed, Sat, 26 Sep 2009 02:32:09 UTC.

    We used the Wound Vac extensively in the OR at the Level I trauma center where I was a circulator. We received many multiple traumas that required multiple surgical procedures. For those patients who were going to be opened again it made no sense to close all layers repeatedly. Applying the various size sponges and closing them with the "Saran Wrap" the constant drainage by vacuum helped prevent what would have been abscesses before the Wound Vac. The results were impressive 98% of the time.

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    peebles, Wed, 11 Nov 2009 07:26:05 UTC.

    wound vacs do wonders for the right conditions i agree this is one of the best products out there but they are expensive

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    Henry, Thu, 26 Nov 2009 19:25:55 UTC.

    I am very familiar with this product and have not only had my own patients that VAC applied to their wounds but have covered coworkers VAC patients when they were off. I have only seen two cases when it did not work one was my patient who had a L Foot woung and would not try to keep the dressings on. My WOGN and I were alternating days and the dressings were being replaced daily. Finally after consultation with the Surgeon we went back to Wet-to Dry. I do not know how that turned out as I moved South a few mounths later. The second was a Gentle man with a VAC Wound in his L Groin. The Problem was not Compliance by the patient or any of the nurses. Even with a Consult from the VAC WOGN (Wound Care Nurse) Application of the Dressings was a long and tedious process. Vac had to be D/Cd since it was so difficult to apply and have it stay on.

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    Account Removed, Sun, 07 Mar 2010 00:54:13 UTC.

    I have seen this heal wounds so quickly

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    larryjg364, Mon, 17 May 2010 23:29:21 UTC.

    Works Wonderfully.

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    neerukp, Tue, 18 May 2010 05:40:12 UTC.

    yes, I read this product and participated inservice programme orgnized by KCI, its' wonderful and helpful for beginners and new professionals in the work field, interesting, good literature

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    swimnutt1523, Mon, 07 Jun 2010 02:45:54 UTC.

    this wound vac does wonders !!!

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    urnurse1, Tue, 06 Jul 2010 22:31:55 UTC.

    This product is great!!

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    Account Removed, Sat, 24 Jul 2010 19:27:55 UTC.

    Heals deep wounds much faster than other wound care treatments.

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    19sharron, Wed, 28 Jul 2010 00:49:02 UTC.

    This product is excellent, I had the opportunity of helping my ex-husband heal from a terrible burn he had a year ago. He is now healed. The healing time is cut in half the time for excellent recovery. THis product is Great.

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    Account Removed, Sun, 05 Sep 2010 09:54:03 UTC.

    These things are AMAZING at healing wounds and healing them quickly. Granted they can be a major pain when the dressing isn't intact or you don't get it sealed completely but it's amazing to see the changes in the wound when these things are at work

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    mes_1990, Wed, 15 Dec 2010 03:03:54 UTC.

    One of my Pt in the nursing home had a stage four decubitus on her sacrum.When I applied this Wound Vac therapy in eight weeks the area was completely healed.

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    ecrabtree, Sat, 08 Jan 2011 21:31:51 UTC.

    I have seen terrible wounds heel because of wound vacs.

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    GoalsInMind, Wed, 26 Jan 2011 17:33:12 UTC.

    My father-in-law had a stroke over the past summer and they had to go into an artery in his upper thigh. Anyway, he got a really bad infection from it and he had a wound vac to help his leg heal. I was amazed at how well it worked. Healing from the inside out is probably the best way to heal instead of covering up the infection from the top.

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    Account Removed, Tue, 01 Feb 2011 18:44:36 UTC.

    truly speeds up the wound healing process

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    ccolburn, Fri, 11 Feb 2011 15:40:07 UTC.

    Its great esp for bad wounds so you have less Drsg Changes & reduces the irritations/infections, as alternative for daily drsg changes.It increases Healing time!

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