Rigid removable cover for dorsal wound protection and tube fixation in pigs

Stynes, G.D., Kiroff, G.K., Morrison, W.A., Edwards, G.A., Page, R.S. and Kirkland, M.A. 2016, Rigid removable cover for dorsal wound protection and tube fixation in pigs, Australian veterinary journal, vol. 94, no. 4, pp. 111-116, doi: 10.1111/avj.12424.

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Title Rigid removable cover for dorsal wound protection and tube fixation in pigs
Author(s) Stynes, G.D.
Kiroff, G.K.
Morrison, W.A.
Edwards, G.A.
Page, R.S.ORCID iD for Page, R.S. orcid.org/0000-0002-2225-7144
Kirkland, M.A.
Journal name Australian veterinary journal
Volume number 94
Issue number 4
Start page 111
End page 116
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2016-04
ISSN 0005-0423
1751-0813
Keyword(s) animal welfare
laboratory animals
pigs
surgery
wounds
Summary Objective To report the design and benefits of a rigid polyethylenecover ‘shell’ for the protection of dorsal torso wounds andtube fixation in pigs.

Methods Open C-shaped polyethylene shells were designed toprotect wounds and dressings on the dorsum of pigs used inresearch into negative pressure dressing-assisted wound healing.The shells were designed to resist trauma and contamination, tobe comfortable and expansible, and to facilitate tube fixation andmanagement. Strap fixation was optimised during experimentation. Efficacy was assessed by direct observation of dressing andwound protection, tube integrity and by macroscopic and microscopicassessments of wound healing.

Results The shells effectively protected the wounds againstblunt and sharp trauma, were simple to remove and reapply, were well tolerated and allowed for growth of the pigs. Circumferentia lneck straps attached by lateral straps to the shells provedcritical. There was no wound infection or inflammation underlyingthe shells. Porting tubing via mid-dorsal holes in the shells andaffixing the tubing just cranial to these holes prevented tubedamage and traction, permitted tube management from outsidethe cages and allowed the pigs to move freely without becomingentangled.

Conclusion These shells effectively protected dorsal skinwounds and dressings, prevented tube damage and facilitatedtube management in pigs. Similar systems may be useful forother production animals for wound management and for tubemanagement with negative pressure wound healing, drain tubesor the delivery of nutrition, fluids or medications.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/avj.12424
Field of Research 070799 Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified
0707 Veterinary Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Australian Veterinary Association
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