KCI Wound VAC Treatment: Pros and Cons


Some wounds heal with wound cleanser and a band aid, and others need a little bit more help. For chronic wounds, a relatively new technological advancement found in KCI wound VAC products is bridging this gap.

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, the treatment for which KCI wound VAC units are known, work by draining fluid from the affected area via a drainage tube affixed to a device that operates much like a vacuum. The vacuum device uses negative pressure to pull the unwanted fluid from the wound site through specially designed dressings that absorb and condense these fluids. KCI wound VAC products are ideal for areas that don’t behave according to the normal wound healing process. Some examples include diabetic ulcers and pressure ulcers along with major traumatic injuries. Post-surgical debridement of wounds is also another time when wound VAC therapy might be appropriate.

The risks associated with this therapy are low, and few complications occur. However, this treatment is not appropriate for wounds that are responding to conventional therapies. Although the risks of this treatment are low, the fact that this procedure requires affixing a sealed dressing to the areas (in the case of diabetic foot ulcers for instance) obtaining a proper functioning seal may be difficult rendering treatment via KCI wound VAC difficult.

If you value your beauty sleep, this device may not be for you. While not as noisy as the hoover you use on your carpets, the device will obviously create noise. Depending on how frequently you tolerate the vacuum function, this could disturb your nightly siestas. Additionally, don’t expect an overnight cure. This course of treatment can last weeks to months depending on your specific condition and other underlying medical issues. Thankfully since the devices have been proven to work, and in some cases can do miraculous things, (such as literally saving the foot of a diabetic) insurance and medicare usually cover the device rentals and treatment. This is good news, because they are anything but cheap.

Many conditions can benefit from the use of these devices. Discuss your treatment options with your health care provider to help determine if negative pressure therapy is right for you.