Decontamination of Combat Wounds in the Injured Soldier
Final rept. 1 Jun 1972-31 Oct 1979
VIRGINIA UNIV CHARLOTTESVILLE DEPT OF PLASTIC SURGERY
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Investigations in wound management have not only identified the potentiators of infection but also improvements in the therapy which will reduce the incidence of infection. In the area of infection potentiators, our studies have included soil, surgical drains, dead space, implants, vasoconstrictors, devitalized tissue, and the damage from impact. In the area of improvements to wound care, our studies have included mechanical cleansing, high pressure irrigation, topical proteolytic enzymes, improved bacteriological monitoring techniques, faster antibiotic sensitivity testing, and improved antiseptic agents. In addition to these detailed studies, there were associated studies which explored problems that were also of benefit to the civilian population. In this category were studies on skin grafting, amputations, cellulitis and gangrene, and burns.
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