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Table 2 Comparison of skin closure methods by operative time and incidence of wound complications and infections

From: Sutures versus staples for wound closure in orthopaedic surgery: a pilot randomized controlled trial

Variable Sutures Staples
Surgical time (min) 81.4 (69.6–93.2) 79.7 (69.0–90.5)
Closure time (min) 4.8 (2.6–7.1) 12 (7.9–16)
% total procedure 7.9% (4.7–11) 15%[1018]
Wound Complication   
Absolute : 34 25
Percentage: 49% 32%
Suspected Infections   
Absolute : 19 14
Percentage: 28% 18%
Confirmed Infections 1 1
Pain with removal (2 wk) 2.5 (1.6–3.4) 3.7 (2.8–4.6)
Pain with removal (6 wk) 3.4 (2.5–4.3) 3.0 (2.1–3.9)
Data presented as Mean (95% CI) or Absolute Number