Neil Wells's research while affiliated with University of British Columbia - Vancouver and other places

Publications (2)

Article
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Over 70% of Canadian carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) operations are performed outside of the main operating room (OR) with field sterility and surgeon-administered pure local anesthesia [LeBlanc et al., Hand 2(4):173-8, 14]. Is main OR sterility necessary to avoid infection for this operation? This study evaluates the infection rate in carpal tunnel r...
Conference Paper
Purpose: More than 70% of Canadian carpal tunnel operations are now performed outside of the main operating room with field sterility (1). Main OR sterility comes with a fourfold cost in money, and generates considerably more garbage (see figure 1). Is main OR sterility really necessary to avoid infection? This study evaluates the infection rate in...

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... LeBlanc et al looked prospectively at 1504 carpal tunnel releases in a multicenter trial and found a superficial and deep infection rate of 0.4% and 0%, respectively. 33 Hashemi et al looked at wound infections after 1035 day-case procedures under field sterility and found a postoperative infection rate of 1.1%. Field sterility was comprised chlorhexidine preparation along with cloth drapes and the absence of face masks or surgical gowns. ...