COMPARISON OF HYDROCOLLOID WITH CONVENTIONAL GAUZE DRESSING IN PREVENTION OF WOUND INFECTION AFTER CLEAN SURGICAL PROCEDURES
Hydrocolloid Versus Conventional Gauze Dressing
Keywords:Wound infection, Hydrocolloid, Bandages
Objective: To compare hydrocolloid with conventional gauze dressing in prevention of infections after clean surgical procedures.
Study Design: Randomized controlled trial.
Place and Duration of Study: Department of Surgery, CMH Rawalpindi from 22 Jan 2010 to 22 Aug 2010.
Patients and Methods: A total of 400 patients undergoing clean surgical procedures were randomly allocated in two equal groups, A and B by lottery method. In group A, simple gauze dressing was applied after clean surgical procedures while in group B hydrocolloid dressing was used. On 7th post operative day, patients were observed for presence of infection.
Results: Mean age of sample was 42.08 ± 11.112 years. In group A out of 200 Patients, 14(7.0%) while in group B 10(5%) developed infection postoperatively (p=0.709).
Conclusion: There is no difference in the rate of infection when using a gauze dressing or a hydrocolloid dressing after clean surgical procedure.