Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of the clinical effectiveness of impervious plastic wound protectors in reducing surgical site infections in patients undergoing abdominal surgery. Surgery 2018; 164: 939-945.

Published: 21st June 2019

Authors: Kang SI, Oh H-K, Kim MH, Kim MJ, Kim D-W, Kim HJ et al.


In this analysis that included 14 RCTs and 2684 patients, a plastic wound protector reduced the risk of surgical site infection: pooled risk ratio 0.7, 95 per cent confidence interval 0.51 to 0.96. There was a trend towards greater benefit from a dual ring protector.

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