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Table 5 Systematic review chart

From: Negative pressure wound therapy management of the “open abdomen” following trauma: a prospective study and systematic review

Total number of papers identified 129
Reason for exclusion Duplications 4
In vivo studies 9
Paediatric 4
Significant modification to application technique 14
Irrelevant clinical area 21
Reviews/comments/letters 9
Case series <6 18
Number of papers reviewed 48
Reason for exclusion No relevant endpoints 13
Vac-pack removed * 13
Cohorts with >33% septic 15
Number of remaining papers 8
  1. *papers describing results with a non-commercial NPWT technique known as ‘vac-pack’ were excluded.