Ambulant vacuum-assisted closure of skin-graft dressing in the lower limbs using a portable mini-VAC device

Giovangustavo Sposato, Giovanni Di Caprio, Michelina Scioli, Pasquale Ziccardi, Guido Molea, Ivan La Rusca

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Abstract

A skin graft may fail to adhere to the recipient site because of fluid collecting between the graft and the area being treated. We have devised a simple procedure, consisting of a vacuum-sealed dressing, to fix skin grafts on the lower limbs. A fully portable, battery-operated aspirator continuously draws secretions through a vacuum-sealed dressing, preventing accumulation of fluid underneath the graft. Patients are not confined to bed, thus reducing nursing time. The procedure was applied successfully in seven out of nine patients treated for ulcers of the lower limbs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-237
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Plastic Surgery
Volume54
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Lower limb
  • Skin graft
  • Vacuum-assisted wound closure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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