VAC vacuum assisted closure therapy (1329)

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Using an ACTIV.A.C. TM for wound care at home

What is V.A.C. ®  Therapy?

V.A.C. Therapy helps a wound heal. It is a system with a soft vacuum in it.  The system:

The system has five parts:

1. A therapy unit or machine.
2. Foam dressings. The dressing goes on or inside the wound.  
3. Clear adhesive drape.  The drape covers the dressing. 
4. Plastic tubing.  One end of the tubing connects to the dressing. 
The other end connects to the canister that fits into the unit
5. Canister.


When the dressing is first put on, some children feel a mild pulling.  This is normal.  After a few minutes, this goes away.  

What do I need to know about using the ACTIV.A.C.  Therapy unit at home?

Other things to remember about the unit


System alarm


What do I do with the unit when it is no longer needed?


Call your child’s doctor, nurse or clinic if you or your child have any concerns or your child:

  • Has signs of wound infection: redness, swelling, bad-smelling drainage.
  • Has a temperature over 101.2° F (38° C).
  • Is not interested in eating or drinking or is eating or drinking very little.
  • Feels sick to their stomach or is throwing up.
  • Has pain that does not get better with medicine.
  • Has special health care needs not covered by this information.