Sutures versus staples for skin closure in orthopaedic surgery: meta-analysis

Smith, Toby O., Sexton, Debbie, Mann, Charles and Donell, Simon (2010) Sutures versus staples for skin closure in orthopaedic surgery: meta-analysis. British Medical Journal (BMJ), 340. p. 747. ISSN 0959-8138

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Abstract

After orthopaedic surgery, there is a significantly higher risk of developing a wound infection when the wound is closed with staples rather than sutures. This risk is specifically greater in patients who undergo hip surgery. The use of staples for closing hip or knee surgery wounds after orthopaedic procedures cannot be recommended, though the evidence comes from studies with substantial methodological limitations. Though we advise orthopaedic surgeons to reconsider their use of staples for wound closure, definitive randomised trials are still needed to assess this research question.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Allied Health Professions
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: Rhiannon Harvey
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2011 21:31
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 14:17
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/28316
DOI: 10.1136/bmj.c1199

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