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FLOW Trial Makes Waves in the News

Published: December 16, 2015

The results from the FLOW trial has hit hundreds of news platforms this week. A few include CTV, CBC, NDTV, The Free Press, UPI, McGill Reporter etc.

“There has been a lot of controversy about the best way to clean the dirt and debris from serious wounds with bone breaks,” said Mohit Bhandari, principal investigator and a professor of surgery at McMaster University.

News published online have reported the findings on the completed FLOW trial. The evidence shows the standard practice of cleaning wounds with soap and water before surgery is actually less effective than just using saline water. The findings could lead to significant cost savings, particularly in developing countries where open fractures are particularly common.

“These findings may have important implications for the care of patients with open fractures worldwide since developing countries deal with a disproportionate number of cases,” said Edward Harvey from McMaster University.

FLOW is a multi-center, blinded, factorial trial comparing alternative irrigating solutions (soap vs. saline) and pressures (high vs. low vs. gravity) in 2545 patients with open fractures. The primary objective of this trial is to assess the impact of irrigation solutions and pressures on the occurrence of re-operations up to one year after the initial operation.

To view the news article on CTV, please click here

To view the news article and listen to the radio interview on CBC, please click here

To view the news article on the McMaster website, please click here

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