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Table 3 Poststernotomy mediastinitis classification

From: Treatment outcomes of postoperative mediastinitis in cardiac surgery; negative pressure wound therapy versus conventional treatment

El Oakley Class VAC therapy Conventional treatment
n % n %
I 5 10.6 4 9.3
II 2 4.3 3 7
IIIA 17 36.1 13 30.2
IIIB 22 46.8 21 49
IVA 1 2.1 1 2.3
IVB - 0 1 2.3
V - 0 - 0
  1. The sum of percentages exceeds 100% because of rounding-off errors.
  2. VAC = vacuum-assisted closure.