Preventing Infection after Hip and Knee Surgeries
Source: Institute for Healthcare Improvement (www.ihi.org)
Surgical site infections (SSIs) following hip or knee arthroplasty can be catastrophic for the patient —- leading to multiple surgeries, prolonged periods of medical and physical therapy, use of a wheelchair or walker, months of recuperation, significant pain, and substantial out-of-pocket expenses, reports the Institute for Healthcare Improvement , not to mention increased costs to providers.
With over 1.1 million procedures done in 2008 (the most recent numbers available), knee and hip replacements are two of the most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S. Depending upon patient risk, it is estimated that between 6,000 and 20,000 SSIs occur annually after these types of surgeries and the number is predicted to rise substantially in coming years due to an aging population staying more active, as published in Healthcare Executive.