Negative Pressure Dressing (VAC)

A negative pressure dressing or vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) is used for open wounds which do not have an adequate wound bed. A device applied to the dressing reduces pressure at the wound site removing fluid and bacteria, reducing swelling and shrinking the wound.


  • The American Board of  Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Allegheny General Hospital
  • University of Pittsburgh  Medical Center
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Association for Hand Surgery: AAHS
  • Alpha Omega Alpha