Hand immobilization in children

Hand immobilization in children Eur J Plast Surg (2003) 26:375–376 DOI 10.1007/s00238-003-0563-0 LE TT ER TO T H E E DITOR F. M. Abenavoli · R. Corelli Received: 17 April 2003 / Accepted: 25 June 2003 / Published online: 23 October 2003 Springer-Verlag 2003 Dear Sir, One of the possible complications connected with oper- ations on a child’s face is that the child can possibly reach and damage the newly operated area with his hands and thus nullify the surgeon’s work. There have been numerous cases of facial operations, for example of corrected cleft lips, whose outcome has been spoiled due to “one hand too many” that has resulted in a breakdown of the surgical wound, causing poor healing of the scar. In order to reduce this risk the team of surgeons and the anaesthesiologists who treat children must find a way to control the hands of their young patients by making sure that the hands are positioned in such a way to prevent them from traumatizing the operated area; however, a certain autonomy should be maintained. This restraining element, therefore, must be rigid enough to limit arm movements, but at the same time Fig. 1 The container ready for use must guarantee http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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