The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 29, Issue 8, 1610 - 1616

Decreased infection rates following total joint arthroplasty in a large county run teaching hospital: A single surgeon’s experience and possible solution

Gottschalk, Michael B. et al.
Hip Knee

Total joint arthroplasty is a common orthopaedic procedure producing valuable improvements in patient’s quality of life. A dreaded complication of this procedure is deep seated, periprosthetic infection. This complication can lead to multiple reoperations and upwards of $100,000 of increased cost burden. At one 900 bed county run teaching hospital, with a historically high infection rate in total joints, the total joint service was closed and restarted using a new protocol, dropping infection rates from 12.9% to 1.9% (P = 0.007).


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