Negative pressure dressing in split-thickness skin grafts: Experience with an alternative method

Stefano Chiummariello, Giuseppe Del Torto, Marco Iera, Sergio Arleo, Carmine Alfano

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Abstract

Background. The use of negative pressure in the dressing of splitthickness skin grafts has been shown to promote healing by a variety of mechanisms, including a decrease in interstitial edema, an increase in perfusion, and a decrease in bacterial colonization. Methods. An observational study was performed on 52 patients at the Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Perugia in Perugia, Italy, undergoing split-thickness skin grafting for acute wounds after trauma and for chronic wounds, such as pressure ulcers and diabetic wounds. The dressing used consisted of a single foam sheet, a conventional disposable closed-system suction drain, and an adhesive dressing. Results. In all patients, there was a 95% take of the graft, with 5% of partial loss. There were no significant complications encountered. Conclusions. Negative pressure wound therapy is an innovative and commercially successful concept for the management of difficultto-treat wounds of nearly every etiology, and the authors' technique is an alternative to commercially available negative pressure dressings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-327
Number of pages4
JournalWounds
Volume25
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Keywords

  • negative pressure skin graft
  • wound closure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medical–Surgical

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