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Meta-analysis
ACE Report #6045
Ace Report Cover Arthroplasty

TKA: Non-continuous drainage is equally safe, yet more effective than continuous drainage


Study Type:Meta analysis
OE Level Evidence:1
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Non-continuous versus continuous wound drainage after total knee arthroplasty: a meta-analysis

Int Orthop. 2014 Feb;38(2):361-71. doi: 10.1007/s00264-013-2105-0. Epub 2013 Sep 19.

Contributing Authors: T Li Q Zhuang X Weng L Zhou Y Bian

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Synopsis

9 randomized controlled trials (761 patients; 811 knees) comparing continuous with non-continuous drainage in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) were included in this review. The purpose of this review was to compare the efficacy and safety of these two techniques. Results indicated that non-continuous drainage significantly reduced haemoglobin loss and postoperative visible blood loss when compared to...

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