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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Orthopedics - August 2018

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4 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 D espite antibi- otics and preven- tive treat- ments, roughly 1 in 100 patients undergoing hip or knee replacement may develop an infection in the wound or deep around their artificial implants. It's thought that some of the particles above the sterile field are bacteria that contaminate the incision or the metal or plastic implants, reproduce and cause an infection. Patients with infected joint replace- ments often require sur- gery to kill the infection. "You're starting from behind the eight ball when it comes to prevent- ing infections," says Annette Yerkes, BSN, RN, CNOR, a nurse manag- er at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park (Pa.), where 5 years ago the infection rate among Einstein's joint replacement patients was 2.8%, more than 3 times as high as facilities across Pennsylvania. A team Daniel Cook | Executive Editor Infection-Free Joint Replacements 7 ways to prevent SSIs from developing in incisions and implants. • ON COURSE Administering the right amount of the right antibiotic at the right time is key to preventing infections. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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