Clean air at operation and subsequent sepsis in the joint.

  title={Clean air at operation and subsequent sepsis in the joint.},
  author={O M Lidwell},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
  • O M Lidwell
  • Published 1986 in Clinical orthopaedics and related research
When Charnley and others began to do substantial numbers of arthroplasties, they met a high incidence of subsequent failure from sepsis. There was at that time a revival of interest in the possibility that surgical sepsis originated from airborne bacteria, and engineering developments had provided the means for attaining much cleaner atmospheres. Over a period of ten years, Charnley reduced airborne contamination by more than 100-fold, and his sepsis rate fell, without using antibiotics, by… CONTINUE READING

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