AAOS releases new statement on antibiotics after arthroplasty

By Mary Ann Porucznik

Comprehensive “information statement” puts patient safety first

In February 2009, the AAOS Board of Directors approved the release of the information statement “Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Bacteremia in Patients with Joint Replacements.” The new statement asserts that “Given the potential adverse outcomes and cost of treating an infected joint replacement, the AAOS recommends that clinicians consider antibiotic prophylaxis for all total joint replacement patients prior to any invasive procedure that may cause bacteremia.”

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