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Certain Factors Linked with Higher Risk of Infection After Orthopaedic Surgery

In an International Wound Journal study of 4,818 older patients undergoing elective orthopaedic surgeries, five risk factors were linked with an increased risk of developing surgical site infections, including diabetes, morbid obesity, tobacco smoking, prolonged surgical duration, and lower serum albumin levels prior to surgery.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 12:01 am EST

In an International Wound Journal study of 4,818 older patients undergoing elective orthopaedic surgeries, five risk factors were linked with an increased risk of developing surgical site infections, including diabetes, morbid obesity, tobacco smoking, prolonged surgical duration, and lower serum albumin levels prior to surgery.

Among the 4,818 patients in the study, 74 patients developed surgical site infections within one year. Therefore, the overall incidence was 3.64 percent, with 0.4 percent for deep and 1. 1 percent for superficial infection. 

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Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/iwj.13096 

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The International Wound Journal is uniquely placed to help improve the standards of care for patients and of professional practice internationally. It covers all aspects of prevention and treatment of wounds and associated skin conditions. By publishing the most clinically relevant and focused research, of the highest standard, within a peer-review process, International Wound Journal takes forward its mission to provide all professionals involved in wound care with the most important, relevant and applied research aimed at improving patient care, while continuing to foster partnership between industry, clinicians and researchers.

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