Some patients experience the pressure of deep-sea diving in an oxygen-rich hyperbaric chamber. A few undergo maggot therapy. Maggots are nature’s wound custodians — they clean out the dead stuff.
John Morris’ treatment took a different route.
“The vac is what we’re trying right now,” said Anne Donos, a certified wound nurse.
She stood next to Morris, who rested on a hospital recliner in the Wound Center. He’s one of 20-some patients who visit the center on any given day.
He had worn a portable vacuum for a few weeks now. It continually draws out wound debris and blood and helps to bring closure — in a very physical sense — to a wound that had grown to the size of a golf ball.