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Table 2 Search strategy for the EMBASE database

From: Use of Floseal®, a human gelatine-thrombin matrix sealant, in surgery: a systematic review

  SEARCH DETAILS (24 September 2013) NUMBER OF ARTICLES
1 exp surgery/ or exp colorectal surgery/ or exp general surgery/ or exp thorax surgery/ 3,293,277
2 su.fs. 1,732,981
3 1 or 2 3,766,104
4 exp thrombin/ 35,438
5 Thrombin.mp. 61,009
6 Factor viiia.mp. or exp blood clotting factor 8a/ 912
7 4 or 5 or 6 61,516
8 Matrix bands.mp. 42
9 exp matrix metalloproteinase/ 17,584
10 Hemostatic matrix.mp. 51
11 8 or 9 or 10 17,677
12 Gelatin.mp. or gelatin sponge/ or exp gelatin/ 27,702
13 Gelatin sponge.mp. 2,463
14 Surgical sponges.mp. or exp surgical sponge/ 953
15 (Surgical and sponges).mp. [mp = title, abstract, subject headings, heading word, drug trade name, original title, device manufacturer, drug manufacturer, device trade name, keyword] 600
16 12 or 13 or 14 or 15 28,917
17 exp fibrin/ 18,545
18 exp fibrinogen/ 46,855
19 17 or 18 60,613
20 sealant.mp. 6,172
21 floseal.mp. 375
22 exp human/ 14,968,402
23 animal/ 1,888,844
24 22 not 23 14,485,903
25 7 and 11 216
26 11 and 16 1,096
27 11 and 20 15
28 25 or 26 or 27 1,290
29 7 and 16 465
30 7 and 20 493
31 25 or 29 or 30 1,044
32 28 or 31 2,118
33 32 not 19 1,745
34 21 or 33 2,010
35 3 and 24 and 34 569
36 Limit 35 to (english or spanish) 540
37 exp case report/ 1,986,006
38 36 not 37 460
39 Limit 38 to yr = ”2003 - 2012” 385