PLASTIC ADHESIVE DRAPES AND WOUND INFECTION AFTER HIP FRACTURE SURGERY
Version of Record online: 21 JAN 2008
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery
Volume 63, Issue 10, pages 798–801, October 1993
How to Cite
Chiu, K. Y., Lau, S. K., Fung, B., Ng, K. H. and Chow, S. P. (1993), PLASTIC ADHESIVE DRAPES AND WOUND INFECTION AFTER HIP FRACTURE SURGERY. Aust. N.Z. J. Surg., 63: 798–801. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1993.tb00343.x
- Issue online: 14 JUN 2010
- Version of Record online: 21 JAN 2008
- Accepted for publication 17 April 1993.
- hip fracture;
- plastic adhesive drape;
- wound infection.
One hundred and twenty patients with acute hip fractures treated operatively were randomized into two groups. In the ‘drape’ group (n = 65) the operation site was covered with plastic adhesive drape after preparation. In the ‘no drape’ group (n= 55) the operation site was left uncovered. The two groups were otherwise matched. Swabs for culture were taken from skin adjacent to the wound before closure. The drape group had four positive wound swabs. There was only one positive wound swab for the no-drape group. There was no difference in the post-operative wound infection rates.