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4Fixation of open fractures

Open fractures need surgical stabilization, usually external.

Fixation of open fractures

Open fractures need

  • surgical stabilization, usually external
  • delayed definitive ORIF.

Bony stability in open fractures helps associated soft-tissue wounds to recover, by providing the best possible setting for soft-tissue healing and resistance to infection.

See:

  • Worlock P, Slack R, Harvey L, Mawhinney R. (1994) The prevention of infection in open fractures: an experimental study of the effect of fracture stability. Injury: 25(1):31-8.
  • W. W. Rittmann, S.M. Perren, M. Allgöwer and F.H. Kayser (1975) Cortical Bone Healing after Internal Fixation and Infection: Biomechanics and Biology. Springer Verlag, Berlin.