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Table 2 VAC and outcomes

From: Complex pleural empyema can be safely treated with vacuum-assisted closure

Variable P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 P7 P8
Immediate/delayed Creation of OWT Delayed Delayed Delayed Immediate Immediate Delayed Delayed Immediate
Number of Interventions before OWT and VAC 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 0
Art of Intervention Restpneum.
Débridement
Débridement Chest
Tube
- - Chest Tube Restpneu. -
Indication of OWT+VAC Sepsis Bleeding Fistula Failed primary Th. Osteomyelitis Fistula Failed primary Th. Sepsis Muscle necrosis
P.o. mechanical ventilation after VAC Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Number of VAC Changes in OR 4 2 2 1 0 5 3 0
Max. Suction mm Hg - 75 - 125 - 125 - 125 - 100 - 100 - 75 - 125
Hospitalization in days after VAC 22 45 17 15 14 38 47
(exitus)
8
Antibiotic Therapy, in days 10 12 7 6 7 19 47 6
Clinical outpatient VAC No No No Yes Yes No - Yes
Outcome Healed Healed Healed Healed Healed Healed Died of Sepsis Healed
Closing planned Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - Yes
Chest wall closed No* No* Yes Yes Yes Yes - Yes
OWT Duration, in days not closed not closed 51 39 31 164 - 59
  1. P: Patient number, P.o.: postoperative, Max.: maximal, OR.: Operation room, *: closing was planned, but patient rejected it.