What is the appropriate timing for flap coverage of open fractures and traumatic wound defects?

Author: David Lowenberg

RECOMMENDATION: The optimal time for wound coverage ultimately reflects when the wound has been appropriately cleaned and converted to a “living wound.” Early flap coverage is preferred, ideally within 3-7 days, when patient and wound are suitable.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Strong

DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 95%, Disagree: 5%, Abstain: 0% (Unanimous, Strongest Consensus)

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