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Occlusive dressings: a microbiologic and clinical review.

This review discusses the microbiology of normal skin and wounds and examines the rates of infection reported under both conventional (nonocclusive) dressings and all occlusive dressings, together with cost factors. The overall infection rate under conventional dressings was 7.1% in 1085 wounds, whereas under occlusive dressings on 3047 wounds the rate was 2.6%. In studies in which the two dressing types were directly compared, the respective rates were 7.6% and 3.2%. The reasons for this difference may include both dressing-specific and host-specific factors, and these factors are discussed.

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