Early versus delayed dressing removal after primary closure of clean and clean-contaminated surgical wounds

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Evidence on the effectiveness of early dressing removal compared with dressing surgical wounds beyond 48 hours post-surgery is based on very low quality evidence from only three randomised controlled trials.

There is contradictory evidence on the importance of dressing surgical wounds beyond 48 hours post-surgery. The aim of the review was to evaluate the effectiveness of removing a dressing covering a closed surgical incision site within 48 hours permanently or beyond 48 hours of surgery permanently with interim dressing changes allowed on surgical site infection.

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