Perioperative wound infection in elective orthopaedic surgery.

  title={Perioperative wound infection in elective orthopaedic surgery.},
  author={Grahame J S Taylor and Gordon C Bannister and Shelley Calder},
  journal={The Journal of hospital infection},
  volume={16 3},
Between 1981 and 1987, 12,907 [corrected] consecutive open elective orthopaedic procedures were performed. The in-patient infection rate was 1.43%. There was a significantly greater risk of infection in revision total knee replacement (15.3%), ankle fusion (9.3%), subtalar fusion (5.8%), primary total knee replacement (5.7%), spinal fusion (5.7%) and revision total hip replacement (4.5%). Revision surgery carried approximately a threefold greater risk than primary procedures. Staphylococci were… CONTINUE READING
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