Wound clinics can optimize solutions for prosthetic joint infections

10/22/2013 | Today's Wound Clinic magazine

About 1% to 2% of prosthetic hips and knees will develop a deep infection, which translates to 10,000 to 20,000 patients, writes Dr. Harriet Jones. Wound-care professionals who familiarize themselves with the association guidelines for diagnosing and treating prosthetic joint infections can help improve outcomes and reduce associated morbidity and mortality for at-risk patients, Jones writes. The Musculoskeletal Infection Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Infectious Diseases Society of America have issued guidelines for defining, diagnosing and treating prosthetic joint infections.

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