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Vacuum Assisted Closure® in paediatrics and young people: a consensus document

10 November 2009

Although ample published evidence exists regarding the use of Vacuum Assisted Closure‰ (V.A.C.‰ Therapy) in adults, there is little published evidence and much confusion relating to the use of this treatment modality in children. Recognition of this problem prompted the formation of a group of experts who conducted literature reviews, consulted patients, carers and colleagues, developed consensus opinion, and formulated and tested recommendations for the safe and effective use of V.A.C.‰ Therapy in patients under the age of 18 years.

This useful document presents guidelines that provide clarification and practical assistance to healthcare professionals who work with children and young people receiving V.A.C.® Therapy, whether in the acute sector or in the community.

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