Wound VAC

Wound VAC review for nursing students and nurses – Skills

Wound VAC review for nursing students and nurses – Skills


While there may be several different models of wound vacs in the healthcare setting, the basic concepts are the same.  Please check your facilities policies and procedures prior to using these machines.

Vacuum-Assisted Closure Therapy also known in the healthcare facilities as Wound Vac have been used for over 20 years. Application for the use of a Wound VAC include acute and chronic wounds such as Abdominal wounds, Amputations, Chronic Chest Wounds, Spider Bites and other wounds on the body.  The wound VAC has improves the quality of life on the client and has reduced hospitalization expenses.

This is a skill that nurses and nursing students will need to maintain in clinical practice.

Below are some videos regarding the actual application of the wound VAC and the complications that may arise.

This video is from one of the manufactures. It has some great information ESPECIALLY what to do in the event of complications. Remember to check your policies and procedures prior to using any equipment.

This video is a nice demonstration on how to actually cut and apply the drapes.  I think it is well done. Remember that most if not all facilities would have this procedure done by sterile technique. Also do not forget to measure and document the wound characteristics.


Please be sure to see our other nursing skills that are available for nursing students or nurses as a refresher. Click here to go to our skills page.


Please follow your facilities infection control guidelines. The medical information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be nursing education and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.


Anna C. RN-BC, BSN, PHN, CMSRN Anna began writing extra materials to help her BSN and LVN students with their studies. She takes the topics that the students are learning and expands on them to try to help with their understanding of the nursing process. She is a clinical instructor for LVN and BSN students along with a critical care transport nurse.

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