Infection after hand surgery.

  title={Infection after hand surgery.},
  author={Kyle R. Eberlin and David Ring},
  journal={Hand clinics},
  volume={31 2},
Postoperative infections are uncommon after hand surgery. Infection can delay recovery and contribute to scarring and stiffness. Measures intended to reduce the risk of infection after hand surgery include hand washing, skin preparation, sterile technique, and prophylactic antibiotics. The role of prophylactic antibiotics for small, clean, elective hand surgery procedures lasting less than 2 hours is debated. 
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