Letters Sutures v staples

Let’s add three other studies

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2627 (Published 18 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2627
  1. Anne J H Vochteloo, orthopaedic surgeon,
  2. Bart G Pijls, PhD student,
  3. Huub J L van der Heide, orthopaedic surgeon
  1. 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Leiden University Medical Centre, Albinusdreef 2, 2333 ZA Leiden, Netherlands
  1. ajhvochteloo{at}hotmail.com

    The take home message of the meta-analysis by Smith and colleagues as broadcast in the media was that the risk of developing a wound infection after orthopaedic surgery is significantly higher when the wound is closed with staples rather than sutures.1 However, the meta-analysis does not support this conclusion.

    Firstly, we found three new studies in a Pub …

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