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  1. Economic comparison of a tissue adhesive and suturing in the repair of pediatric facial lacerations.

    Article - En anglais

    Objective 

    To determine, from the societal perspective, the most cost efficient of the three methods commonly used to repair pediatric facial lacerations : nondissolving sutures, dissolving sutures, or a tissue adhesive.

    Design 

    Cost-minimization analysis and willingness-to-pay survey.

    Setting 

    Tertiary-care pediatric emergency department.

    Methods 

    All differential costs relevant to equipment utilization, pharmaceutical use, health care worker time, and parental loss of income for follow-up visits were calculated for each method.

    On the basis of previous research, our model assumes equal cosmetic outcome for the three methods.

    In addition, a convenience sample of 30 parents were surveyed in the emergency department to rank their preferences and willingness to pay for the three methods of wound closure.

    Results 

    The reduction in cost per patient of switching from the standard nondissolving sutures was $49.60 for switching to tissue adhesive and $37.90 for dissolving sutures.

    Sensitivity analyses performed on key variables did not significantly alter our conclusions.

    Of those parents surveyed, 90% (95% confidence interval, 74% to 98%) chose tissue adhesive and 10% (95% confidence interval, 2% to 26%) chose dissolving sutures as their first choice for wound closure.

    Conclusions 

    Tissue adhesive is the preferred method of closure of pediatric facial lacerations because it results in the most efficient use of resources and is preferred by the majority of parents.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Plaie, Peau, Face, Traitement, Enfant, Homme, Etude comparative, Analyse coût, Economie santé, Canada, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Suture chirurgicale, Biodégradabilité, Fil, Acrylate(cyano) de butyle polymère, Matériau adhésif, Tête cou, Traumatisme, Peau pathologie, Stomatologie, Biomatériau

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Wound, Skin, Face, Treatment, Child, Human, Comparative study, Cost analysis, Health economy, Canada, North America, America, Suturation, Biodegradability, Thread, Butyl acrylate(cyano) polymer, Adhesive material, Head and neck, Trauma, Skin disease, Stomatology, Biomaterial

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0404596

    Code Inist : 002B25A. Création : 01/03/1996.