Frequently Asked Questions on Wound Vacs & Wound Treatment
"What is negative pressure wound therapy?"
Negative pressure wound therapy, or NPWT, is a commonly used modality (treatment) that helps increase blood flow to an area of the body and facilitate the growth of new tissue. It is a non-invasive, active therapy that helps speed the wound healing process.
"How much do wound vacs cost?"
The price of a wound vac depends upon a number of factors, including the type of device, as well as the number of dressing kits and/or canisters.
However, having said that, we are passionate about working with all our customers to provide the best pricing possible. Please contact us directly so we can discuss your situation and go over all available options for buying or renting wound vacs and supplies.
"Will my insurance company reimburse me if I buy or rent a wound vac?"
It depends. Wound vacs are usually reimbursable under most private insurance companies and through Medicare Part B. We accept Medicare and most major insurance carriers in most states. Please contact us for more information about costs and insurance coverage.
"How long will we need to use the wound vac before a wound heals?"
Results vary greatly by size, situation and type of wound. However, with proper use and monitoring of wound vacs, we find that many wounds heal within 4 - 6 weeks when using negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT).
"Where can my staff get training on wound care treatment?"
Our founder, Scott Bergquist, offers licensed CEU courses on negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) for medical professionals and insurers across the United States. Courses are available for hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, rehab facilities, insurance companies and equipment providers. Please contact us for more information.
"What types of wounds are wound vacs used for?"
Wound vacs are often used to treat acute or complex wounds, such as combat wounds or traumatic injuries, severe burns and skin grafts, amputations, full surgical and post-surgical (dehisced) wounds. They are also used to treat chronic problems such as Stage 3 and Stage 4 pressure ulcers (bedsores), diabetic ulcers and venous stasis ulcers.
"What are the benefits of negative pressure wound therapy over other treatments?"
It helps maintain a moist, protective environment for wound healing
It removes excess fluids from the wound and surrounding area
It increases vascularity (blood flow) to the area
It decreases the chance of bacterial growth
It assists with proper wound drainage
It increases the rate of granulated tissue formation
It increases the rate of contraction (wound closure)
It increases the rate of epithelialization (new skin formation)
"What are some signs of healing during negative pressure wound therapy?"
When wound vacs are used properly and treatment progresses, the wound bed will begin to grow redder in color and ooze blood as tissue granulation occurs. There will be a gradual decrease in wound drainage and the size of the wound will begin to shrink.