Starting January 2018, I will keep tab of patients who do not develop and who develop blister complication from 12-hour medical adhesives placed on dressing after a mastectomy. The dressing and medical adhesives are removed 12 hours postop with no replacement.
My hypothesis: there is a smaller likelihood for blisters to occur if I remove the medical adhesives earlier (12 hours postop) compared to longer period (one day) after mastectomy.
Before this study, I have observed blister formations for medical adhesives retained for one to 2 days at a subjective probability of 30%.
An accompanying premise: there is a minimal risk for infection if the dressing is removed 12 hours postop.
Current tab (April 10, 2018):
One in April (1 out of 14 patients) – 7% at the moment.
Will try to accrue 30 patients.