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Glove-Gauze Regimen for the Management of Hand Burns

Coffey, Michael J. MD; Thirkannad, Sunil M. MD

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e31818346c9

We have been treating patients with partial- and/or full-thickness burns of the hand using an easy and inexpensive technique called the glove-gauze method. Nine patients with 11 burned hands were treated with the glove-gauze regimen and monitored weekly for wound healing and range of motion. Excellent results were achieved in all patients who complied will full follow-up. This method is simple, accessible, safe, and extremely cost-effective and allows for immediate active mobilzization. We recommend use of the glove-gauze method for treating all burns of the hand that do not involve the underlying fascia, muscle, epitenon, paratenon, and/or bone.

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From the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery Louisville, KY.

This study was not supported by any outside funding.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Sunil M. Thirkannad, MD, Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, 225 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 850, Louisville, KY 40202. E-mail:

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