Let’s add three other studiesBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2627 (Published 18 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2627
- Anne J H Vochteloo, orthopaedic surgeon,
- Bart G Pijls, PhD student,
- Huub J L van der Heide, orthopaedic surgeon
- 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Leiden University Medical Centre, Albinusdreef 2, 2333 ZA Leiden, Netherlands
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 …