Month: June 2024

Wound VAC (Vacuum-Assisted Closure) usage is a relatively new technology in wound care, bringing along with it the uncertainty and lack of knowledge that can lead to the spread of misinformation. Here, we debunk five common myths to help ensure informed decision-making for patients and healthcare providers alike.


Myth 1: Wound VACs Are Painful

A common belief is that Wound VAC therapy is painful. While some patients may feel mild discomfort during dressing changes, the Wound VAC itself is typically very well-tolerated. These systems are designed for comfort and with the goal of positive patient experience in mind. Should the need arise, any pain can be effectively managed with appropriate medications.


Myth 2: Wound VAC Therapy is Only for Severe Wounds

Contrary to popular belief, Wound VACs aren’t just for severe wounds. They are effective for various wound types, including chronic wounds, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, and surgical wounds. However, it’s always important to consult your doctor to ensure your individual needs would be well served with a Wound VAC.


Myth 3: Wound VACs Are Too Complicated for Home Use

Some think Wound VAC therapy is too complex for home use. The reality is, with proper training and support, many patients manage their Wound VACs successfully at home. Portable and user-friendly devices allow patients to continue treatment comfortably while still maintaining mobility.


Myth 4: Wound VAC Therapy Increases Infection Risk

There’s a misconception that Wound VACs can raise infection risk. In reality, it is actually the exact opposite. Wound VACs help reduce infections by creating a clean, controlled wound environment. The sealed dressing and consistent negative pressure actually protect the wound from external contaminants.


Myth 5: Wound VACs Are Not Covered by Insurance

Many worry that Wound VAC therapy isn’t covered by insurance. While coverage obviously varies, many insurance plans (including Medicare, since 2017), do cover it when deemed medically necessary. It’s a good idea to check with your healthcare team about coverage and to discover how insurance can help you.


Our goal in dispelling these myths is to provide a clearer understanding of Wound VAC therapy’s benefits. Accurate information allows patients and healthcare providers to make better and informed decisions. If you or a loved one is considering the use of a Wound VAC, reach out to Revive Care to learn more- we’re always happy to have a conversation!