Effectiveness of fibrin glue in skin graft survival: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Paw, Ekta, Vangaveti, Venkat, Zonta, Mark, Heal, Clare, and Gunnarsson, Ronny (2020) Effectiveness of fibrin glue in skin graft survival: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals Of Medicine And Surgery, 56. pp. 48-55.

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Background: The objective of this study is to assess the current literature on the effectiveness of fibrin glue on survival of skin grafts. Fibrin glue is a possible alternative to secure skin grafts instead of traditional methods (i.e. sutures or staples).

Methods: Data Sources: MEDLINE, Scopus, Embase, Informit, CINAHL and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, no limit on the earliest date of publication.

Study eligibility criteria: Randomised, non-randomised controlled trials and cohort studies.

Participants: and Interventions: Participants were patients with skin grafting/skin transplantation. The intervention was fibrin glue in any form (bovine, human pooled plasma or autologous) and comparator any form of affixing skin grafts (e.g. sutures or staples).

Study Appraisal and Synthesis Methods: Studies were appraised using the Cochrane risk of bias tool and assessed for clinical heterogeneity. Effect sizes were calculated and illustrated with forest plots.

Results: 190 publications were narrowed to 15 relevant publications, of which eight were pooled in meta-analysis. The outcomes examined were: graft survival by percentage; graft survival reported as events; post-operative incidence of haematoma or seroma; pain reported after dressing changes via a visual analogue scale; length of stay in days (Glass's delta 2 was 0.48 95% CI 0.09, 0.97); and surgical time in minutes. Only length of stay showed a difference between groups and it favoured fibrin glue.

Conclusions: While there may be benefits to the use of fibrin glue in skin graft patients, it is difficult to conclude this from the current evidence. Limitations were significant heterogeneity in outcomes measured and exclusion off non-English papers.

Item ID: 64122
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2049-0801
Keywords: Fibrin, Skin graft, Skin transplant
Copyright Information: (C) 2020 Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of IJS Publishing Group Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/).
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 07:30
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320226 Surgery @ 80%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320299 Clinical sciences not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920118 Surgical Methods and Procedures @ 100%
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