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The use of an innovative device for wound closure after upper extremity fasciotomy.


ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the Silver Bullet Wound Closure Device (SBWCD, Boehringer Laboratories, Norristown, PA), a new device for delayed primary closure of fasciotomy wounds. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was performed over a period of 36 months of all patients with an upper extremity fasciotomy that could not be closed primarily. Cases that underwent fasciotomy closure with the SBWCD were separated from the patients that had a split thickness skin graft (STSG). RESULTS: Seven patients had their wound closed with the SBWCD within 10 days (mean of 7.4 days). The seven patients that underwent STSG had their wound closed in an average of 8.4 days. The average number of days between the day of the fasciotomy incision and the date of the placement of the SBWCD was 1.9 days. STSGs were placed on the fasciotomy wounds on an average of 10.3 days after the date of the fasciotomy incision. We found that the SBWCD allowed for starting to approximate the edges of the fasciotomy wound at an earlier time when compare to STSG (2.1 vs 10.3 days). CONCLUSIONS: We feel that the SBWCD as a one-stage procedure provides a consistent and efficacious way to manage upper extremity fasciotomy wounds while minimizing the morbidity associated with STSG. Elimination of a second-stage procedure reduces hospital costs. Our findings may help to inform surgeons about an available alternative when an upper extremity fasciotomy wound is not amenable to primary closure.

PROVIDER: S-EPMC2529141 | BioStudies | 2008-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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