Do dressings prevent infection of closed primary wounds after surgery?

Jane Blazeby*, Lazaros Andronis, Natalie Blencowe, Melanie Calvert, Joanna Coast, Tim Draycott, Jenny L. Donovan, Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Robert Longman, Laura Magill, Jonathan Mathers, Tom Pinkney, Barney Reeves, Chris A Rogers, Andrew Torrance, Trudie Young, Mark Woodward, Gemma Clayton, Jo Dumville, Lucy EllisRhiannon Macefield, Christel McMullan, Thomas Milne, Helen Van Der Nelson, Alexandra Nicholson, Leila Rooshenas, Dimitrios Siassakos, Sean Strong, Daisy Townsend, Cathy Winter

*Corresponding author for this work

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After surgery, the wound must try to heal. A dressing may be applied, with the expectation of improved healing, management of exudate, or reduced chance ofsurgicalsite infection. Surgical site infection is of particular importance to health services and patient outcomes. However, whether dressings are necessary and influence these issues is uncertain. Here we discuss uncertainty about wound dressings in closed primary surgical wounds.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberi2270
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2016

Structured keywords

  • BTC (Bristol Trials Centre)
  • Centre for Surgical Research


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