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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 9, Issue 2, December 2013 pp 168-170

Research Article

Comparison of Vacuum Assisted Closure Therapy with Standard Wound Therapy for Open Musculoskeletal Injuries


Ketan Gupta1, Ajay Mundada2, Adish Patil3

1Resident, 2Resident, 3Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics

Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University, Karad, Maharashtra, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



The Primary objective of this prospective randomised study is to compare the rate of infection, primary wound coverage, hospital stay and healing of soft tissue injury associated with open musculoskeletal injuries. Materials and Methods: Thirty patients with open musculoskeletal injuries were included in this study. They were divided in two groups of 15 each, Group A (VAC) and Group B (sterile dressing group) .All these patients had undergone wound debridement and fracture fixation. This was followed by application of Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) for Group A and sterile dressings for group B patients. The infection rate of these two groups was analysed by clinical signs and symptoms. Results: The infection rate in Group A is very low when compared to group B. The primary wound coverage can be done earlier in group A. The hospital stay is minimum in Group A and wound healing is also faster in Group A patients when compared to group B. Conclusion: This is a simple and low cost method for treating soft tissue injury associated with severe open Fractures. It can be done even in peripheral hospitals with low resources.