Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
Is the time from injury to wound closure a risk factor for infection in traumatic lacerations?
Bottom Line:
There is no evidence that a “golden period” or cut-off point exists in which to repair simple^ traumatic lacerations to reduce infections. Other patient and wound characteristics (e.g. diabetes^ wound size^ location^ and contamination) are likely more predictive of infection than time to wound closure. In the absence of evidence for maximum duration^ clinical judgment/experience and patient preferences should inform decisions.

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Publication Date: 2015-6-22
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-03-31 16:54:27