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SA Orthopaedic Journal

On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
Print version ISSN 1681-150X


SHAHI, A  and  PARVIZI, J. Prevention of periprosthetic joint infection: Pre-, intra-, and post-operative strategies. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2015, vol.14, n.3, pp.52-60. ISSN 2309-8309.

Prosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a calamitous complication with high morbidity and substantial cost. The reported incidence is low but it is probably underestimated due to the difficulty in diagnosis. PJI has challenged the orthopaedic community for several years and despite all the advances in this field, it is still a real concern with immense impact on patients and the healthcare system. Numerous factors can predispose patients to PJI. In this review we have summarised the effective prevention strategies along with the recommendations of a recent International Consensus Meeting on Surgical Site and Periprosthetic Joint Infection.

Keywords : PJI; prevention; infection; total hip replacement; total knee replacement; total joint arthroplasty.

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