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Randomised clinical trial of suture compared with adhesive strip for skin closure after HRT implant

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To determine which method of skin closure was associated with less bleeding, 250 women were randomly allocated to have either a suture closure (3-0 Dexon II) or an adhesive strip closure (Steri-Strip) following subcutaneous insertion of hormone (HRT) implants. Data were collected via a tested questionnaire and analysed. Significantly, more women in the adhesive strip group recorded postprocedure bleeding ( RR = 2.26; 95% CI 1.42–3.60 ) and considered the bleeding excessive ( RR = 4.17; 95% CI 1.18–14.76 ) and unacceptable ( RR = 12.52; 95% CI 1.63–96.19 ). Pain scores and symptoms of local infection were similar in both groups. Routine use of adhesive strips for implant skin incision closure is not recommended.

Document Type: Short Communication


Publication date: October 1, 2002

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