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April 3, 2019

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for Surgical Site Infection Prevention Requires Further Study Before Widespread Adoption

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  • 1Division of General Surgery, London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Surg. 2019;154(7):672-673. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.0428

To the Editor In a recent meta-analysis, Sahebally et al1 describe the apparent efficacy of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) on closed abdominal incisions in general and colorectal surgery in the prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs). This is a misleading conclusion based on flawed statistical methodology and the inclusion of a randomized clinical trial that does not meet the authors’ inclusion criteria.

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