Preoperative integrity of skin surface predicts infection riskBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b516 (Published 10 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b516
- Sophie C Weatherhead, Wellcome research training fellow and dermatology SpR1,
- Clifford M Lawrence, consultant dermatologist1
- 1Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP
Heal and colleagues report a reduced risk of wound infection with topical antibiotics after minor skin surgery.1 However, the control group had a high risk of infection and the influence of pre-existing carriage of skin pathogens, as shown by the appearance of the lesion’s surface, was not considered.
Our prospective study shows that patients whose lesion preoperatively had …