Using VAC doesn’t buy extra time

By Annie Hayashi

Don’t delay flap procedure, even with vacuum-assisted closure

Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) devices are commonly used in the treatment of open tibia fractures—providing soft-tissue wound coverage to protect the patient from infection for up to 7 days. But does use of the VAC device allow the free-flap coverage procedure to be delayed more than 7 days?

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