Comparison of Vacuum Assisted Closure Technique Versus Conventional Dressing for Management of Wounds in Term of Duration of Wound Healing

  • Saeed Ashraf Cheema Professor & Head of Burn & Reconstructive Surgery Department, FMU/Allied Hospital, Faisalabad
  • Hafsa Nasir Post Graduate Resident, Burn & Reconstructive Surgery Department, Allied Hospital Faisalabad
  • Shumaila Rehman Dogar Post Graduate Resident, Burn & Reconstructive Surgery Department, Allied Hospital Faisalabad
  • Urwa Tanveer Ahmad Post Graduate Resident, Burn & Reconstructive Surgery Department, Allied Hospital Faisalabad
Keywords: Wounds, Wound management, Conventional dressings, Negative pressure wound therapy, Duration of wound healing

Abstract

Background: Negative pressure wound therapy in the form of vacuum assisted closure is known to be a useful adjunct in wound healing.  It can downstage surgical reconstruction options from large flaps to simpler skin grafts or secondary wound closure. Objective: To compare mean duration of wound healing between conventional dressings and negative pressure wound therapy for management of wounds. Study Design: Randomized Controlled Trial. Settings: Allied Burn and Reconstructive Surgery Centre, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Duration: June 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018. Methodology: All the patients were randomly divided into 2 groups. Group A underwent negative pressure wound therapy while group B underwent conventional dressings. Patients in both groups were observed for a period of maximum two weeks. Results: Comparison of mean duration of wound healing between conventional dressings and negative pressure wound therapy for management of wounds was done. It was 9.83+1.32 days in Group-A and 16.30+1.37 days in Group-B, p value was 0.0001. Conclusion: Mean duration of wound healing was significantly higher in cases with conventional dressings compared with negative pressure wound therapy for management of wounds.

Published
2020-03-31