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The Future of Knee Repair - February 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 5 Bad Infection Habits to Break These common practices might do more harm than good to your patients. S ome common practices intended to prevent surgical infections might actually have the unintended consequence of promoting them. Here's a look at 5 such practices, as chosen recently by members of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, that might be more harmful than helpful in your battle against infections. Don't perform urinalysis, urine culture, blood culture or Clostridium difficile testing unless patients have signs or symptoms of infection. This might be the most important recommendation for outpatient 1 Infection Prevention Daniel J. Morgan, MD, MS • BEFORE, NOT AFTER Unless there's evidence of infection, antibiotics provide no benefit after surgery is over.

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