The antibiotic bead pouch technique. The management of severe compound fractures.

@article{Henry1993TheAB,
  title={The antibiotic bead pouch technique. The management of severe compound fractures.},
  author={Stephen L Henry and Peter Arnold Werner Ostermann and David Seligson},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
  year={1993},
  volume={295},
  pages={54-62}
}
In a consecutive series of 704 compound fractures, 227 open fractures in 204 patients were managed with the antibiotic bead pouch technique. There were 16 Grade I compound fractures, 83 Grade II fractures, and 128 Grade III open fractures. The mean patient age was 35.25 years (range, 14-87). The Injury Severity Score (ISS) ranged from 9 to 57, with a mean of 15. Porous plastic film is placed over the soft-tissue defect to establish a "closed" bead-hematoma-fracture environment containing high… CONTINUE READING