Wound VAC review for nursing students and nurses – Skills

Last updated on July 10th, 2020 at 06:53 am

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.

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Anna Curran. RN, BSN, PHN

Anna Curran. RN-BC, BSN, PHN, CMSRN I am a Critical Care ER nurse. I have been in this field for over 30 years. I also began teaching BSN and LVN students and found that by writing additional study guides helped their knowledge base, especially when it was time to take the NCLEX examinations.

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