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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

DOI

10.1016/s0007-1226(03)00131-0

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Plast Surg

Publication Date

07/2003

Volume

56

Pages

494 - 497

Keywords

Bandages, Humans, Pressure, Prospective Studies, Skin Transplantation