Antibiotic Use Influences Infection Rates in Open Fractures of the Hand

Study also finds that most infections can be treated nonsurgically

Maureen Leahy

Open fractures can be difficult to heal and have a high risk of infection. The overall infection rate for open fractures of the hand, however, is relatively low and most infections can be treated successfully with antibiotics alone, according to study data presented at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand annual meeting. Moreover, although the use of antibiotics influences infection rates in these fractures, the timing of débridement does not.

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