Consider The Evidence: Med/Peds Journal Roundup

May 7, 2006

actually practical research

Filed under: Uncategorized — medblog @ 10:24 pm

BMJ – Common advice to the post-surgical patient is to avoid getting the suture site wet for 24-48 hours. But is there any evidence to support it?

Heal et al. present a study in the BMJ investigating whether such advice is warranted. The study was done in Queensland, Australia – the last place you would really want a thick roll of gauze to cover anything in the summer heat. They find that there was no significant increase in surgical site infection if the suture line is exposed to water within 48 hours.

Responding physicians bring up the fact that this may contribute to the spread of disease in developing countries in which HBV infection is endemic.

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