Vacuum-assisted closure as a surgical assistant in life-threatening necrotizing fasciitis in children
FS Al-Subhi, R Zuker, W Cole
Necrotizing fasciitis is a severe soft tissue infection that can involve skin, subcutaneous fat, fascia and muscle. It can result in devastating sequelae including tissue necrosis, sepsis, toxic shock syndrome, cardiopulmonary collapse and death. To control rapidly spreading necrosis, early diagnosis and aggressive surgical treatment with extensive radical debridement of the affected areas is necessary, as well as systemic administration of broadspectrum antimicrobials and, very often, intensive care support. The subatmospheric negative pressure dressing has been previously used in acute and complex wounds management. The concept of using vacuum-assisted closure dressing as another management component is presented in the current article.