Navigation Links
Stitching Wounds May Be Safer Than Stapling
Date:3/17/2010

Infection rate is higher with metal staples, review finds

WEDNESDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Infections are more common when orthopedic surgeons use metal staples instead of old-fashioned nylon sutures to close wounds, British researchers report.

Infections after surgery can lead to longer hospital stays or readmission after procedures such as knee and hip replacement. Infected wounds can also cause serious complications.

Staples are thought to be faster and easier to use, but there has been concern that they're expensive and could cause more infections.

In a new review, published March 17 online in BMJ, researchers at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in England looked at six studies involving 683 wounds that compared sutures to staples.

The researchers found that wounds closed by staples were more than three times more likely to develop superficial infections than those closed by sutures. The rate was four times higher in hip surgery.

However, the researchers said the studies were generally of poor quality.

Even so, they wrote that patients and doctors should be cautious about using staples to close wounds.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a tutorial on preparing for surgery.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: BMJ, news release, March 15, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Healing Wounds and Hearts: Warrior Weekend Helps Soldiers and Marines Relax and Recover
2. ConvaTec Announces Expanded Indications for AQUACEL(R) and AQUACEL(R) Ag Dressings in Management of Surgical Wounds
3. A Revolution in Wound Healing, Wound-Be-Gone Now the Only Over the Counter Treatment for Chronic and Acute Wounds
4. Livelihood Programs Help Heal War Wounds in Uganda
5. Healing Wounds and Hearts: Warrior Weekend Helps Soldiers Relax and Recover
6. U.S. Army Study Reports WoundStat(TM) is Most Effective
7. Researchers discover new way to reverse poor circulation and heal wounds
8. Artificial skin system can heal wounds
9. Patients should ask surgeons about using honey to heal wounds
10. Why do physicians order costly CTs? Ultrasound yields better diagnosis, safer, less costly
11. Electronic Health Information Leader Says Physician Practice Redesign is Vital Next Step Towards Safer, More Effective Care Delivery
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Experts from ... at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center ... care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users can easily ... of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 hand-drawn pictures ... . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or text in ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin ... injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his ... of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article published ... unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable ... less common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her ... would lash out at his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he ... he would use it. He would throw rocks at my other children and say he ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Consumers have ... and regulators/payers have placed more emphasis on patient ... patient support programs in the pharmaceutical industry have ... medications. Consequently, pharmaceutical companies are focusing on becoming ... are providing products and services that improve health. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016   Bay Area Lyme Foundation , ... Center for Tick Borne Illness , Harvard Medical ... Hacking Medicine, University of California, Berkeley, and the ... five finalists of Lyme Innovation , the ... 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ALEXANDRIA, Va. , June 24, 2016 ... a set of recommendations that would allow ... information (HCEI) with entities that make formulary and coverage ... determine the "value" of new medicines. The ... that does not appear on the drug label, a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: