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Daniele BOLLERO's publications (11)

Long-term follow-up of negative pressure wound therapy with instillation: a limb salvage procedure?

Oct, 2016

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is a treatment to reduce oedema, stimulate granulation tissue formation, remove wound exudate and diminish wound area, thus preparing it for secondary healing, skin grafting or coverage with flaps. The association of instillation to NPWT (NPWTi) is a new method for treating severe wounds, in particular, limb lesions at high risk for amputation. This therapy helps to deliver instillation fluid automatically into the contaminated wound, before application of negative pressure. These steps, repeated cyclically, help to remove infectious material, leading to a better moist environment, a necessary condition for wound healing. We report our experience of treating three patients with complex wounds and associated noble structure exposition conservatively with NPWTi and flap coverage. In a long-term follow-up (5 years), we were able to achieve a stable surgery reconstruction on preserved limbs, without evidence of chronic infection and other sequelae or complications. Despite the fact that our experience is limited , as it is based on only a few cases, it suggests how NPWTi could be considered useful in a conservative approach to the treatment of acute complex wounds of the lower extremities. In these patients with high risk of amputation, a long-term follow-up becomes fundamental in order to evaluate wound bed status after NPTWi. read more

International wound journal

Saturday night burns: an increasing problem?

Mar, 2015

In Italy the economic crisis has caused changes in behavior in daily as well as leisure activities. For instance, night clubs have changed both their scenography and what they can offer. From simply providing a place to dance, they can now offer more complex scenography with spectacular fireworks and lit cocktails. While this can be amazing for all of us it can also be another cause of burn injuries. We conducted a retrospective study of all burns patients admitted to the Accident and Emergency Department at CTO Hospital in Turin from 2009 to 2013, after a night clubbing. A total of five patients were identified with an average age of 20 years old: four were burned by flaming cocktails and one was burned by a firework. Two received outpatient treatment, while orotracheal intubation and admission were needed for three, and two required surgical debridement and resurfacing with split skin graft. All patients had permanent sequelae caused by pathologic scarring and/or dyschromia. Our findings show that the risk of burn injuries is higher at weekends, mainly in summer, if all correct safety procedures are not followed. Meanwhile it is important to highlight that the promotion of inappropriate behavior at night clubs during firework displays and the passing of flaming cocktails should be avoided. read more

Annals of burns and fire disasters

Negative pressure surgical management after pathological scar surgical excision: a first report.

Feb, 2015

Wound dehiscence is a surgical complication caused by the application of opposing and distracting forces tending to pull apart the suture line. In recent years, a novel negative pressure surgical management system has been developed to prevent surgical wound complications. This system creates a closed environment that removes exudates and other potentially infectious material, protects the surgical site from external contamination, provides support in holding the edges of the incision together and promotes wound healing. In this study, we describe our first experience with Prevena™, a closed incision negative pressure management system used on suture line following wide pathological scars excision for the prevention of postoperative wound dehiscence. Eight patients with wide and mature pathological skin scars were treated with Prevena™. The device was positioned directly after surgical correction for 8 days with a continuous application of -125 mmHg negative pressure. All treated patients had no postoperative surgical wound dehiscence. In one case, a limit of the device was represented by its poor adherence on hairy surface, hampering the maintenance of an appropriate local negative pressure. In another case, suture line was longer than Prevena™ foam and it was covered partially. Prevena™ system appears to be safe, easy to use and may represent a support technique to wide pathological skin scars surgical correction. read more

International wound journal
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