Quantitative culture technique and infection in complex wounds of the extremities closed with free flaps

Warren C. Breidenbach, Stuart Trager

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was twofold: (1) to determine if there is a relationship between a critical quantity of bacteria and infection in complex extremity wounds, and (2) to compare the positive and negative predictive values, sensitivities, and specificities of the following laboratory and clinical tests of potential wound infections: quantitative cultures, swab cultures, mechanism of injury, severity of fracture, and wound position.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)860-865
Number of pages6
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Volume95
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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