Title: Modified Roman Sandal: a more effective and reliable surgical drain anchoring technique

Authors: Cyrus Abbasi; Tariq Khraishi; Amorette Maestas; Bret R. Baack

Addresses: School of Medicine, University of New Mexico, USA; Mechanical Engineering Department, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA ' Mechanical Engineering Department, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA ' School of Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA ' School of Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA

Abstract: Displacement of surgical drains from their intended attachment location can lead, in some cases, to a secondary operation in order to avoid recovery complications. Displacements are usually due to the loosening of a drain's anchoring. The common practice of drain anchoring involves the Roman Sandal technique. This manuscript compares the mechanical behaviour of this conventional drain suturing technique to the modified Roman Sandal technique developed herein. Identical mechanical cyclic tests mimicking breathing action were conducted on both suturing techniques to determine which is more reliable. The obtained results revealed that the modified Roman Sandal technique is a much more reliable when compared to the Roman Sandal technique.

Keywords: surgical suturing techniques; Roman Sandal suture; biomechanics; surgical drains; surgical drain anchoring; surgical drain displacement; surgery.

DOI: 10.1504/IJECB.2015.070431

International Journal of Experimental and Computational Biomechanics, 2015 Vol.3 No.2, pp.102 - 120

Available online: 04 Jul 2015 *

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