Suction during orthopaedic surgery. How safe is the suction tip?

@article{Givissis2008SuctionDO,
  title={Suction during orthopaedic surgery. How safe is the suction tip?},
  author={Panagiotis K Givissis and Dimitrios S Karataglis and Petros D Antonarakos and P. Symeonidis and Anastasios G. Christodoulou},
  journal={Acta orthopaedica Belgica},
  year={2008},
  volume={74 4},
  pages={531-3}
}
The use of a suction system is mandatory in most orthopaedic procedures. In the unlikely event of contamination of the system, deep wound infection could occur, jeopardising the operation. We have prospectively studied 50 patients who underwent elective and orthopaedic trauma procedures during which a suction system was used. At the end of each procedure the suction catheter tip was sent for culture and microbiology. The suction tips showed bacterial contamination in 27 cases (54… CONTINUE READING

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