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  • 1.
    Karlsson, Matilda
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery.
    Elmasry, Moustafa
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery.
    Steinvall, Ingrid
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery.
    Sjöberg, Folke
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery.
    Olofsson, Pia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery.
    Thorfinn, Johan
    Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery.
    Scarring At Donor Sites After Split-Thickness Skin Graft: A Prospective, Longitudinal, Randomized Trial2018In: Advances in Skin & Wound Care, ISSN 1527-7941, E-ISSN 1538-8654, Vol. 3, no 4, p. 183-188Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate scarring at split-thickness skin graft donor sites 8 years after surgery.

    METHODS: At surgery, 67 patients were randomized to hydrofiber, polyurethane foam, or porcine xenograft treatment. Scars were evaluated with the Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale.

    RESULTS: Results showed significant differences in observed scar outcomes at donor sites, leaving the polyurethane foam–treated and the porcine xenograft–treated patients with the least satisfying scars. Multivariable regression analysis showed that the group treated with the xenografts had worse scores for overall opinion of the scar than did the other groups (P = .03), the most important factor being pigmentation. There was no correlation between duration of healing time and quality of the scar.

    CONCLUSIONS: There were significant differences among the groups, with the hydrofiber group being the most satisfied with the appearance of their scar.

  • 2.
    Karlsson, Matilda
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery.
    Lindgren, Margareta
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Jarnhed-Andersson, Ingmarie
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery.
    Tarpila, Erkki
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery.
    Dressing the split-thickness skin graft donor site: a randomized clinical trial2014In: Advances in Skin & Wound Care, ISSN 1527-7941, E-ISSN 1538-8654, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 20-25Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study was to compareAquacel (ConvaTec, Skillman, New Jersey), Allevyn (Smith &Nephew, St Petersburg, Florida), and Mediskin I (Mo¨ lnlycke, HealthCare AB, Gothenburg, Sweden) in the treatment of split-thicknessskin graft donor sites.

    DESIGN: This study was performed as a prospective randomized,3-arm, clinical study.

    SETTING: A clinical study performed at a hand and plastic surgerydepartment with burn unit.

    PARTICIPANTS: The study included 67 adults with a total of73 donor sites, which were on the thigh, not reharvested, andranged between 30- and 400-cm2 area.

    INTERVENTIONS: Subjects were randomly assigned to treatmentwith Aquacel, Allevyn, or Mediskin I.

    MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The donor site was assessed onpostoperative days 3, 14, and 21 for healing, infection, pain,impact on everyday life, ease of use, and cost.

    MAIN RESULTS: The obtained results demonstrate significantlyfaster re-epithelialization for patients treated with Aquacel orMediskin I compared with Allevyn. Regarding infections, therewere no significant differences between the groups. Patientswearing Aquacel experienced significantly less pain changing thedressing and less impact on everyday life than the patientswearing Allevyn. Aquacel was shown to be significantly easier forthe caregiver to use than Allevyn and Mediskin I. There is asignificant difference in cost of treatment between the dressings,whereas Mediskin I is the most expensive.

    CONCLUSION: The authors’ results support the use of Aquacel in thetreatment of split-thickness skin graft donor sites. Aquacel has alow cost per unit, is user friendly, gives short healing time, andminimizes patient discomfort.

     

  • 3.
    Källman, Ulrika
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Lindgren, Margareta
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Predictive validity of 4 risk assessment scales for prediction of pressure ulcer development in a hospital setting2014In: Advances in Skin & Wound Care, ISSN 1527-7941, E-ISSN 1538-8654, Vol. 27, no 2, p. 70-76Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES:

    The aims of this study were to examine and compare the predictive validity of 4 risk assessment scales used for the prediction of pressure ulcer (PrU) development and to identify risk factors.

    DESIGN:

    Cross-sectional descriptive study.

    SETTING:

    A general hospital in Sweden.

    PARTICIPANTS:

    Patients (all aged ≥18 years) admitted to medical, surgical, orthopedic, oncology, and rehabilitation wards. Of 412 patients available, a total of 346 patients participated in the study.

    METHOD:

    Data were collected using the Swedish version of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel minimum data set as well as the Norton, Modified Norton, Braden, and Risk Assessment Pressure Sore (Ulcer) (RAPS) scales. The predictive validity was estimated by measuring sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to determine risk factors associated with PrUs.

    RESULTS:

    The RAPS scale reached best balance between sensitivity and specificity at the recommended cutoff level of ≤29, followed by the Braden scale and the Norton scale at recommended cutoff levels ≤18 versus ≤16, respectively. The modified Norton scale also reached an acceptable balance between sensitivity and specificity but at the cutoff level of ≤23, which is a higher cutoff level than recommended. General physical condition, physical activity, moisture, friction, and shear emerged as significant risk factors.

    CONCLUSIONS:

    The results support that the recommended cutoff levels of the RAPS, Norton, and Braden scales are valid in a general hospital setting. However, the recommended cutoff level of the modified Norton scale (≤20) has to be increased when used in this care context.

  • 4.
    Sivler, Tobias
    et al.
    S2Medical AB, Sunnorpsgatan, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Sivlér, Petter
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. S2Medical AB, Sunnorpsgatan, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Skog, Mårten
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. S2Medical AB, Sunnorpsgatan, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Conti, Luca
    S2Medical AB, Sunnorpsgatan, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Aili, Daniel
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Treatment of Nonhealing Ulcers with an Allograft/Xenograft Substitute: A Case Series2018In: Advances in Skin & Wound Care, ISSN 1527-7941, E-ISSN 1538-8654, Vol. 31, no 7, p. 306-309Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: Wound dressings that use biosynthetic cellulose may be a good alternative to dressings currently used to treat chronic and acute ulcers because their nanostructure is similar to collagen. The objective of this study was to evaluate a wound dressing created with a new material that is composed of a fibrillary network of biosynthetic cellulose. METHODS: A case series of 8 patients in primary healthcare centers in ostergotland county council, Sweden, with chronic and acute lower limb wounds were treated with a wound dressing based on eiratex (S2Medical AB, Linkoping, Sweden). The dressing was applied to traumatic (n = 5) and venous ulcers (n = 3). All ulcers were considered healed at the end of the treatment. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: The wounds were examined at regular intervals by a physician to determine healing time, number of dressing changes, and number of visits. MAIN RESULTS: Mean healing time was 43 6 days after the first application of the dressing. The mean number of visits was 5.7 +/- 0.6, and the mean number of dressings used per patient was 1.7 +/- 0.2. CONCLUSIONS: These results demonstrate the efficacy of a wound dressing made of eiratex to heal chronic and acute ulcers. The data show that the number of dressings used and dressing changes needed to heal the ulcers are lower than what have been reported in the literature for other dressing materials.

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