What’s New in Musculoskeletal Infection: Update Across Orthopaedic Subspecialties

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Every medical discipline includes the diagnosis and management of infection in some form, and orthopaedic surgery is no exception. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) instituted the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) in 2004 to track procedure-associated infections, including surgical-site infections (SSIs)1. In this regard, the goal was to identify infections and implement effective methods of prevention. The orthopaedic surgery and infectious disease communities have instituted their own initiatives to optimize the prevention of infection. Moreover, diagnostic criteria and methods have been developed, and treatment strategies have been implemented to manage infection and reduce the likelihood of reinfection2.
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