Reducing Infections in Total Hip & Knee Replacement Patients

Orthopedic Design & Technology—June 19, 2017

Orthopedic Design & Technology reported that a new guideline has been released by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). The guideline's goal is to reduce the risk of infection for rheumatic patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery.

HSS rheumatologist Susan M. Goodman, MD was a co-principal investigator, and ensured the guidelines accurately represented patients' concerns.

"There was a very clear message from the patient panel that they were willing to deal with flares if it meant reducing their likelihood for infections and other complications. The panel also noted that this preference could differ in lupus patients where a flare could mean inflammation of the organs, which poses a greater risk to their health than getting an infection from continuing their medications," she said.

Read the full article at odtmag.com

 

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