Eur J Plast Surg (2008) 30:249–250 DOI 10.1007/s00238-007-0178-y LETTER TO THE EDITOR S. A. Mashhadi & T. Reisler Received: 24 July 2007 /Accepted: 16 October 2007 / Published online: 10 November 2007 Springer-Verlag 2007 Sir: Pressurized jet irrigation of wounds to remove bacteria and foreign material is an essential wound management along with debridement. Being a messy procedure, the splatter of devitalized tissue and bloody discharge from wounds poses a risk to health care workers. Limiting the biohazard to the operating room personnel is imperative. Therefore, several techniques and devices are used to reduce splatter. These include cupping a gloved hand around the wound and irrigating through the space between the thumb and the index finger , and utilizing marketed cuplike devices . The disadvantages of using cuplike devices are that they can be costly and not readily available. The authors would like to outline an inexpensive shielding technique that minimizes splatter. It is disposable, inexpensive, readily available, and adaptable to most lavage Fig. 1 A photograph of a light handle cover (Mexican hat) with a irrigators. It is the Mexican hat splashield irrigation hole at its apex and a jet wash gun ready to be introduced through it
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 1, 2008
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