The indications for Versajet ® hydrosurgical debridement in burns

The indications for Versajet ® hydrosurgical debridement in burns Versajet® (Smith and Nephew) is a hydrosurgical debridement tool that has been used in the debridement of burns. Versajet® debridement is expensive and time consuming; therefore, clear indications for its use in burns surgery are needed. A review of the literature followed by a prospective trial of ten consecutive burns patients was carried out to ascertain the indications for the use of Versajet® debridement in our department. Versajet® made an excellent tool at lower settings for cleaning late presentation paediatric scalds, the debridement of mixed-depth burns to allow dermal preservation and the debridement and/or excision of all thickness burns in anatomically difficult areas. Three indications for the use of Versajet® in our unit were developed: cleaning of late-presentation paediatric scalds to allow the application of Biobrane®, dermal preservation in mid-dermal paediatric burns and debridement of anatomically difficult burns. Each of these three indications is illustrated photographically with case reports. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

The indications for Versajet ® hydrosurgical debridement in burns

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-008-0232-4
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Abstract

Versajet® (Smith and Nephew) is a hydrosurgical debridement tool that has been used in the debridement of burns. Versajet® debridement is expensive and time consuming; therefore, clear indications for its use in burns surgery are needed. A review of the literature followed by a prospective trial of ten consecutive burns patients was carried out to ascertain the indications for the use of Versajet® debridement in our department. Versajet® made an excellent tool at lower settings for cleaning late presentation paediatric scalds, the debridement of mixed-depth burns to allow dermal preservation and the debridement and/or excision of all thickness burns in anatomically difficult areas. Three indications for the use of Versajet® in our unit were developed: cleaning of late-presentation paediatric scalds to allow the application of Biobrane®, dermal preservation in mid-dermal paediatric burns and debridement of anatomically difficult burns. Each of these three indications is illustrated photographically with case reports.

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Aug 1, 2008

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