Infection in the presence of skeletal fixation in the upper extremity

Michael A McClinton, Jr Helgemo S.L.

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Abstract

Infection is infrequent after open fractures of the upper extremity. Treatment begins with prevention through the appropriate use of prophylactic antibiotics, adequate wound debridement, and timely soft-tissue coverage. If infection supervenes, the surgeon must identify the responsible bacteria and administer antibiotics accordingly. Stable fixation is retained. Unstable fixation is removed and skeletal stability restored. Using these principles, infection in the presence of skeletal fixation can be controlled and fracture union achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-760
Number of pages16
JournalHand Clinics
Volume13
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Fracture Fixation
Upper Extremity
Infection
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Open Fractures
Debridement
Bacteria
Wounds and Injuries
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Infection in the presence of skeletal fixation in the upper extremity. / McClinton, Michael A; Helgemo S.L., Jr.

In: Hand Clinics, Vol. 13, No. 4, 1997, p. 745-760.

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