Open versus closed peritoneal lavage with particular attention to time, accuracy, and cost

Thomas R. Howdieshell, Turner M. Osler, Gerald B. Demarest

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Abstract

One hundred consecutive patients with blunt abdominal trauma, thoracoabdominal stab wounds, or anterior abdominal stab wounds with fascial penetration were prospectively randomized to either an open or closed technique for diagnostic peritoneal lavage. The closed or percutaneous technique of lavage was consistently faster to perform, of comparable cost, associated with fewer complications, and as accurate as the open technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-371
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1989

Keywords

  • open technique
  • percutaneous technique
  • Peritoneal lavage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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