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JAMA Dermatology Clinical Evidence Synopsis
November 2016

Antiseptics and Antibiotics for Surgical Wounds Healing by Secondary IntentionSummary of a Cochrane Review

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester, England
  • 2Institute of Cancer Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, England
  • 3Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Manchester, England
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(11):1266-1268. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.3131
Abstract

Clinical Question  Do antiseptics and antibiotics benefit surgical wounds healing by secondary intention (SWHSI)?

Bottom Line  No high-quality randomized clinical trials have addressed this question. Current evidence is limited and insufficient; it is uncertain whether treating SWHSI with antiseptics or antibiotics is beneficial.

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