Letters Sutures v staples

More methodological concerns

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2630 (Published 18 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2630
  1. Matthew Ockendon, specialist registrar, trauma and orthopaedics1,
  2. Jonathan Gregory, specialist registrar, trauma and orthopaedics1,
  3. Gillian Cribb, consultant orthopaedic and oncological surgeon1,
  4. Paul Cool, consultant orthopaedic and oncological surgeon1
  1. 1Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7AG
  1. matthew{at}ockendon.net

    We were surprised that only six out of 195 papers (or 20 infections) were considered suitable for inclusion in the meta-analysis of Smith and colleagues on sutures v staples for wound closure.1

    The papers selected are a mixture of trauma and elective orthopaedics. These are two heterogeneous …

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