Dressing clean surgical wounds with postoperative dressings does not decrease the level of infection and wound dehiscence, say researchers.
The study looked at 123 patients with clean or clean-contaminated (e.g. hernia, orchidectomy cystolithotomy, ureterolithotomy, appendectomy) sutured surgical wounds.
The patients were randomised into two groups: those who did not receive postoperative dressings and those who did.
The study found no significant difference in the rate of wound complications between those who did and did not receive postoperative dressings.
The researchers concluded that based on this data, surgical wounds left open do not increase the incidence of surgical site infection and wound dehiscence, compared with similar types of wounds dressed postoperatively.
They said: “In a large teaching hospital, the extrapolated cost savings of dressing materials alone can be significant.”