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Dressing wounds 'healing by primary intention' does not prevent infection

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There is no evidence that dressing surgical wounds that are “healing by primary intention” – using stitches, clips or glue – is any better at preventing infections than not doing so, says research.

Researchers reviewed 17 trials and found no evidence to suggest one dressing type was better than any other, or that covering wounds with dressings at all was better, at preventing infection.

The authors said: “Decisions on wound dressing should be based on dressing costs and the need for management of specific symptoms, eg absorption of exudate.”

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2011) 7

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