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giant omphalocele, Vacuum-Assisted Closure, wound healing



  1. Wilcinski, Susan L. MS, RN, NNP-BC


Wound healing is a complex process that can be even more challenging in neonatal and pediatric patients. Infants and children have special characteristics such as skin immaturity, a high body surface to weight ratio, sensitivity to pain, increased potential for percutaneous absorption of medication, and an immature immune system that adds to the complexity of treating their wounds. The use of controlled topical negative pressure across a wound surface has been used in adults and children since 1995. Recently, the use of this device has been reported in neonates. This article discusses the normal process of wound healing and describes the use of this device in an infant with a giant omphalocele.