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how do you avoid getting infections during orthopedic surgery?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Skin prep&antibiotic: The body has many effective barriers to infection, but orthopaedic surgery can lead to infection. We clean the skin with antiseptic solution which kills bacterial and prevents bacterial growth. Some cases require IV antibiotics pre- operative. It's important to keep the incisions covered for a few day and then clean them regularly when uncoved.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
I routinely perform pre-op nasal swabs to screen for MRSA. There seems to be a correlation between positive swab and risk for infection. If positive, there is a simple way to eradicate.
Aug 18, 2012
Dr. Mark Gujer md fasa
Anesthesiology 26 years experience
We also have patients take a chlorhexadine shower the morning of surgery.
Feb 12, 2013

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