Browse by author
Lookup NU author(s): Oday Al-Dadah
Full text for this publication is not currently held within this repository. Alternative links are provided below where available.
© 2019 MA Healthcare Ltd. Background: Infection is a serious complication of prosthetic joint arthroplasty, associated with high rates of morbidity resulting in further surgical intervention and prolonged inpatient hospital admission. Rates of prosthetic joint infection have been reported as 1.5–2.5% following lower limb arthroplasty. This study compared infection rates in patients receiving primary hip and knee joint replacements before and after implementation of ring-fenced beds. Methods: Retrospective study of all patients undergoing primary total hip replacement and total knee replacement from April 2013 to February 2014. Group 1 included pre-ring-fencing patients, group 2 included post-ring-fencing patients. Results: The overall infection rate pre-ring-fencing was 6.3% (n=8). This reduced to 2.7% (n=3) post-ring-fencing. The mean inpatient length of stay for group 1 was 6 days vs 4 days for group 2. Conclusions: Ring-fencing beds for patients undergoing elective lower limb arthroplasty significantly reduced rates of prosthetic joint infection and inpatient length of stay.
Author(s): Green M, Tung E, Al-Dadah O
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
Online publication date: 08/07/2019
Acceptance date: 02/04/2019
ISSN (print): 1750-8460
ISSN (electronic): 1759-7390
Publisher: MA Healthcare Ltd
Altmetrics provided by Altmetric