Controlled open drainage of severe intra-abdominal sepsis.


Controlled open drainage of the abdomen (gauze in plastic intestinal bag/surgical glove packing of abscesses; wound closure only to the degree needed to prevent evisceration) was compared with closed drainage (soft rubber or sump drains; complete fascial closure) in 31 patients with severe intra-abdominal sepsis. Three (23%) of 13 patients died after open… (More)


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