Open-label clinical trial comparing the clinical and economic effectiveness of using a polyurethane film surgical dressing with gauze surgical dressings in the care of postoperative surgical wounds

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Title: Open-label clinical trial comparing the clinical and economic effectiveness of using a polyurethane film surgical dressing with gauze surgical dressings in the care of postoperative surgical wounds
Authors: Abejón Arroyo, Ana | López Casanova, Pablo | Verdú, José | Torra i Bou, Joan Enric
Research Group/s: Grupo Balmis de Investigación en Salud Comunitaria e Historia de la Ciencia
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Economics | Postoperative | Surgical site infection | Wound
Knowledge Area: Enfermería
Issue Date: 7-Jun-2013
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons | Medicalhelplines.com Inc
Citation: International Wound Journal. 2013, Early View. doi:10.1111/iwj.12099
Abstract: Surgical site infection (SSI) is a common postoperative complication and can cause avoidable morbidity and excessive costs for the health service. Novel dressings, designed specifically for postoperative wounds, can help to reduce the risk of SSI and other complications like blistering. This study compared the use of a new polyurethane film surgical dressing (Opsite Post-Op Visible, Smith & Nephew, Hull, UK) with gauze and tape in the management of postoperative wounds. The results show that the polyurethane film dressing results in a significant reduction in SSI (1·4% versus 6·6%, P = 0·006) as well as a reduction in other postoperative wound complications (e.g. blistering and erythema). Economic analysis conducted alongside the study suggests that these improved outcomes can be achieved at a lower total treatment cost than gauze and tape dressings. The modest incremental cost of the polyurethane film surgical dressing is easily offset by the reduction in the costs associated with treating SSI and other wound complications associated with gauze and tape dressings.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/39007
ISSN: 1742-4801 (Print) | 1742-481X (Online)
DOI: 10.1111/iwj.12099
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2013 The Authors. International Wound Journal © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Medicalhelplines.com Inc
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/iwj.12099
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