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Uso del sistema de cierre asistido al vacío VAC® en el tratamiento de las heridas quirúrgicas infectadas. Experiencia clínica

ABSTRACT (Vacuum-Assisted Closure). This therapy has been proven to be useful in wound infection control and we used it to carry out this study in 38 patients with wound infections. We present the results with this therapy in our institution.

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