Surgical wounds

In closed wounds, the skin edges are reapproximated by stitches, staples, tissue adhesives or adhesive strips and left to heal by primary intention.

Blistering is a common problem in orthopaedic surgery and can be attributed to:1

  • Movement between the skin and dressing over a period of time
  • Soft tissue oedema
  • The dressing type and application
  • Skin problems in older patients

Blistering increases the risk of infection, which can delay healing and increase hospital length of stay.2

"Postoperative blisters require additional dressing changes, take extra nursing time and delay patient discharge."3

To overcome these problems, the choice of wound dressings is important.

  • Gauze dressings quickly become rigid and uncomfortable for the patient and must be changed frequently.4
  • In addition, plain gauze or cellulose dressings offer limited protection to the wound from bacterial contamination.5

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