New grant funding from the Honda Foundation has enabled St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne to purchase vacuum assist wound (VAC) devices. This grant means that patients will have access to the newest techniques in wound healing therapies.
The impact on patients is significant. Following surgery, patients can have large wounds that often take a long time to heal, and also risk developing complications like infection. VACs are portable, battery-powered devices that draw fluid away from wounds to assist with the healing process. They also decrease pain and the risk of infection.
The $44,000 grant from the Honda Foundation will enable nine of the oldest VAC’s to be replaced with newer, more versatile units, ensuring the highest standard of post-operative care for patients.
VATs perform the following functions:
- Removes excess fluid – This relieves pressure and reduces swelling
- Reduces bacteria - By removing some of the bacteria, the risk of wound infection is minimised
- Improves blood flow - Good blood flow is needed to bring repair cells to the wound
- Encourage growth of repair tissue - VACs stimulate the growth of this repair tissue
- Pull wound edges together - VAC treatment shrinks the size of the wound and draws the edges of the wound together, making it easier for the body to repair the area
The new VACs will shorten the time a patient needs to stay in hospital. This is appreciated by patients and their families, and reduces the cost to the hospital.
The device can be taken home under the care of our Hospital in the Home team, which sees patients recover from surgery in the comfort of their own home.
Richard Prentice, Head of Trusts and Foundations at St Vincent’s Foundation Victoria said, “We are extremely grateful to the Honda Foundation for their generous grant which has enabled the upgrade of this vital equipment. On behalf of St Vincent’s staff and patients, I thank the Foundation for contributing to improved patient care and a better healthcare system. Their impact will be lasting.”