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Pulsed Irrigation of Extremity Wounds: A Simple Technique for Splashback Reduction

Tobias, Adam M. MD; Chang, Benjamin MD

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Although blood and body fluid exposures are daily events often assumed to be unavoidable by operating room personnel, the potentially lethal consequences of blood-borne pathogen transmission demand preventive measures to minimize contamination risk. The authors outline a simple technique of extremity irrigation that uses a clear plastic isolation drape, pulsed lavage equipment, and surgical suction. They have found that this technique allows for thorough irrigation of wounds while providing optimal barrier protection.

From the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA.

Received Jul 31, 2001.

Accepted for publication Aug 17, 2001.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr Chang, 10 Penn Tower, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Tobias AM, Chang B. Pulsed irrigation of extremity wounds: a simple technique for splashback reduction.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.