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Dressings tied over skin grafts reduce the size of dead space, prevent haematoma formation, and immobilize the grafts [McCarthy, Plastic Surgery, 1990]. Their mechanism of action was thought to include the application of pressure to the bed and stabilization of the graft and dressing. A quantitative analysis of the pressure exerted by these dressings has never been reported [Wolf at al., Ann Plast Surg 40 (1998) 149]. This study measures the pressure exerted by tie-over dressings at the graft-bed interface and finds that no significant pressure is exerted.

Original publication




Journal article


Br J Plast Surg

Publication Date





494 - 497


Bandages, Humans, Pressure, Prospective Studies, Skin Transplantation