Modifiable risk factors for surgical site infection.

Calin S. Moucha, Terry A. Clyburn, Richard P. Evans, Laura Prokuski

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Multiple risk factors for orthopaedic surgical site infection have been identified. Some of these factors directly affect the wound-healing process, whereas others can lead to blood-borne sepsis or relative immunosuppression. Modifying a patient's medications; screening for comorbidities, such as HIV or diabetes mellitus; and advising the patient on options to diminish or eliminate adverse behaviors, such as smoking, should lower the risk for surgical site infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-564
Number of pages8
JournalInstructional course lectures
StatePublished - 2011


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