Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in a Low Resource Environment

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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in a Low Resource Environment

Post by majorhavoc » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:21 pm

Really interesting discussion of long term treatment of large, open wounds using modern vacuum techniques to drain away fluids. Two of my favorite YT prepper contributors.

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Re: Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in a Low Resource Environment

Post by sql_yoda » Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:34 pm

I can't speak to the effectiveness of vac therapy on large wounds; I have had several, and never once had positive results with the big wearable pump and negative pressure dressings. Doesn't stop my doctor from trying though. Full disclosure I am a wheelchair user with repetitive and frequent decubitus ulcers.

The big black sponge they put inside the wound to fill the cavity, turns into a small, HARD rock when negative pressure is applied. With a wound where pressure is constantly THERE such as on your tailbone or hip's boney protrusion (ischial tuberosity), it should be contraindicated. It's literally a giant hard spot on tissue which is supposed to be healing. How I have to actually go against doctors orders to refuse this over and over is a function of a broken system rather than any statement to support or refute the therapy's effectiveness.

But without the internal wound sponge, I have seen accelerated healing. This was with the PICO pump where there was no internal wound media to aggravate. In less than two months I saw a filling in of granular tissue from an IT wound back to durable skin.

The big drawback of this in my estimation is that when the batteries run out, I'm supposed to THROW AWAY the WHOLE pico pump rather than just reuse the same thing with another top dressing and maybe if needed, fresh AA(A) batteries.

I kept them, I just don't know what to do with them. They have a torx security screw I haven't had time to further investigate. YET

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Re: Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in a Low Resource Environment

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