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Prophylactic negative pressure wound therapy for closed laparotomy incisions. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Ann Surg 2020; 271: 67-74

Published: 20th March 2020

Authors: Kuper TM, Murphy PB, Kaur B, Ott MC


There were five RCTs including 792 patients. There was no significant difference in the rate of surgical site infection in patients who had negative pressure wound therapy compared to standard dressings: relative risk 0.56, 95 per cent c.i. 0.3 to 1.03,P= 0.64.

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