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Gore-tex bags versus traditional hand bandaging: a comparison of range of motion, sensation and function in healthy subjects.
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PMID:  20036067     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
INTRODUCTION: Little evidence exists evaluating the possible effect of dressings on the recovery of function, sensation and joint motion following a hand burn. Hand burns are traditionally covered by a layer of non-adherent dressing followed by gauze and bandages. However, there is no evidence for the efficacy of this type of coverage relative to a functional recovery. The Gore-tex bag has a small body of research supporting its ability to provide a superior healing atmosphere, however there is no literature directly comparing it with the traditional dressing.
METHOD: A randomised cross-over design was implemented to compare Gore-tex bags and traditional dressings in 30 healthy volunteers. Seven outcome measures of function, sensation, joint range of movement and subject perceptions were recorded before dressing, during both Gore-tex and traditional dressing interventions and between dressings.
RESULTS: Statistically significant differences were found between the traditional dressings and Gore-tex bags. The Gore-tex bag dressings proved better for digit range of motion, 1st CMC joint motion and sensation. The traditional dressings were significantly better when perceived comfort was tested and there was no significant difference between the traditional dressing and Gore-tex bag regarding function and perceived function.
CONCLUSION: The results of this study suggest that traditional dressings may detrimentally affect movement and reduce sensation but not necessarily affect function or comfort. Further investigation in a patient cohort with burnt hands is recommended.
J Snell; N Glassey; S Westwater-Wood; S Mockett; K Raynor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-12-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1879-1409     ISO Abbreviation:  Burns     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8913178     Medline TA:  Burns     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  722-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Nottingham, Division of Physiotherapy Education, Clinical Sciences Building, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
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