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A hypothesis for association between electrical surgical incision techniques and surgical site infection

  • C. Clancy
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    School of Medicine, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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  • S.S. Dunne
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    School of Medicine, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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  • C. Baban
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    School of Medicine, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

    Department of Surgery, University Hospital Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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  • S. Tormey
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    School of Medicine, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

    Department of Surgery, University Hospital Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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  • A. Merrigan
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    Department of Surgery, University Hospital Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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  • N.H. O'Connell
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    School of Medicine, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

    Department of Clinical Microbiology, University of Limerick Hospitals Group, Limerick, Ireland

    Centre for Interventions in Infection, Inflammation & Immunity (4i), University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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  • J.C. Coffey
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    School of Medicine, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

    Department of Surgery, University Hospital Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

    Centre for Interventions in Infection, Inflammation & Immunity (4i), University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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  • C.P. Dunne
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    Corresponding author. Address: School of Medicine, University of Limerick, Limerick V94 T9PX, Ireland. Tel.: +353-(0)86-0430739.
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    School of Medicine, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

    Centre for Interventions in Infection, Inflammation & Immunity (4i), University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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      The use of electrosurgical methods may create a microenvironment (in impacted tissues) similar to that of a burn; we hypothesize that this microenvironment may enable growth of bacterial species in the same way that burn wounds do. There may be value in considering this proposed aspect of electrosurgery when choosing appropriate surgical strategies.
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