alexa Versajet hydrosurgery versus classic escharectomy for burn débridment: a prospective randomized trial.
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Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research

Author(s): Gravante G, Delogu D, Esposito G, Montone A

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Abstract Our purpose was to conduct a prospective randomized trial to compare the Versajet system (Smith & Nephew, London, UK) vs hand-held dermatome escharectomy for burn débridment. All patients admitted over the course of 1 year at our burn center were recruited and randomly assigned to Versajet or hand-held dermatome escharectomy. We evaluated the 1) time for complete débridment and 2) the efficacy of Versajet in reaching the correct dermal plane. Secondary end points were the assessment of postoperative pain (evaluated with the visual analog scale), adverse effects, complete healing times, and contractures rates (after 6 months). A total of 87 patients were analyzed in two homogeneous groups of 42 (Versajet) and 45 (escharectomy) patients. All of them received adequate débridment, but the Versajet procedure was faster (P < .05) and more precise in obtaining the correct plane. One Versajet patient required ligation of a large subcutaneous vessel, which inadvertently was cut during the procedure. Versajet is a feasible, simple, and safe technique that hastens surgical débridment of burns and adds more precision to the procedure. This article was published in J Burn Care Res and referenced in Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research

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