Risk factors for wound infections after total knee arthroplasty.

  title={Risk factors for wound infections after total knee arthroplasty.},
  author={Steven P. Gordon and David H. Culver and Bryan P. Simmons and William Robert Jarvis},
  journal={American journal of epidemiology},
  volume={131 5},
Wound infections are an infrequent but serious complication of total knee arthroplasty. Between January 1984 and November 1987, 20 of 243 (8.2%) patients at two affiliated hospitals developed surgical wound infections following 259 total knee arthroplasty procedures performed in clean-air operating rooms. Eighteen (90%) of the patients had deep infections; nine required removal of the prosthesis. A single surgeon (surgeon X) was associated with 18 of the procedures that had subsequent infection… CONTINUE READING