Modifications of traditional pressure gloves for improved performance in scar flexion contracture prevention and fingertip circulation inspection
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Received: 23 December 2013
Accepted: 27 April 2014
Published: 28 July 2014
Scar hyperplasia and contracture may occur both during the spontaneous healing process of burn injuries and after surgical correction of burn-injury-related hand dysfunction or deformity such as ulnar claw. Pressure gloves, capable of suppressing local scar hypertrophy and preventing scar contracture formation through scar tissue stretching, are commonly used during the rehabilitation phase in burn patients. Nevertheless, traditional or conventional pressure gloves have significant drawbacks.
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Another drawback of the conventional finger-closed gloves is the inconvenience in checking up and evaluating the circulation in the distal end of the finger (i.e., the fingertip).
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