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Routine use of antibiotic ointment and wound healing
  1. A Van Zyl, Senior House Officers,
  2. D Abbott, Senior House Officers,
  3. D Andrews, Senior House Officers,
  4. P Reaves, Senior House Officers,
  5. Hamish Simpson, Consultant,
  6. K Mackway-Jones
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL, UK; kevin.mackway-jones{at}


    A short cut review was carried out to establish whether topical antibiotics improved the outcome of simple wounds. Altogether 71 papers were found using the reported search, of which one presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results, and study weaknesses of this best paper are tabulated. A clinical bottom line is stated.

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