The health care facility removed my 86-year-old mother's wound vac because of lack of supplies 2 days ago. She has a wet/dry dressing. Should we be concerned?
Negative pressure wound therapy is great to help wounds heal, but if there aren't any supplies to change the dressing (they are usually changed 2-3 times per week.), then removing the therapy and substituting with another dressing is appropriate until supplies come in.
As long as the wound is being cleaned and dressed every day with wet to dry dressings, there isn't necessarily any complication from holding therapy other than the wound may not heal as quickly.
Hopefully the facility will be able to receive the supplies and re-apply the dressing as soon as possible.
Published on Jul 11, 2012