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Take intraoperative steps to reduce joint infection risk

Take intraoperative steps to reduce joint infection risk

OR practices, antibiotics form a first line of defense against PJI.

With an increasing number of total knee arthroplasty and total hip arthroplasty procedures being performed in the United States, the rate of failure has also increased. In its annual report, the American Joint Replacement Registry listed infection as a leading cause of TKA and THA revisions from 2012 to 2016. Research has also shown failures due to periprosthetic joint infection are expected to increase at an annual rate of between 38,000 cases and 270,000 cases by the year 2030.

"The true number [of periprosthetic joint infections] is not known because most of our information depends on registry data and institutional data, etc., but if I were to quote what is out in the literature, after primary, [periprosthetic joint infection] can be 1% to 2%,”

Source: Healio

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  • american association of hip and knee surgeons
  • american academy of orthopaedic surgeons
  • the american board of orthopaedic surgery
  • california medical license