The use of vacuum-assisted wound closure therapy in thoracic operations.

@article{Begum2012TheUO,
  title={The use of vacuum-assisted wound closure therapy in thoracic operations.},
  author={Shah Sheikh Sofina Begum and Kostas Papagiannopoulos},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2012},
  volume={94 6},
  pages={1835-9; discussion 1839-40}
}
BACKGROUND Conventional treatment of complex, nonresolving empyemas after an episode of pneumonia or a chest operation often requires an open-window thoracostomy. This necessitates frequent, often painful dressing changes and is associated with prolonged hospitalization. The wound is often malodorous, causing significant social distress to patients and unquestionably affects their quality of life. We assessed the value of using vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) therapy in managing patients with a… CONTINUE READING