March 17, 2020

Streamlining Hospital Treatment of Prosthetic Joint Infection


UAMS Orthopaedic surgeons developed a prosthetic joint infection protocol that can significantly shorten hospital LOS without increased risks by streamlining tx with an ortho-specific ID physician.

Prosthetic joint infection (PJI) is associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and costs. We developed a fast-track PJI care system using an infectious disease physician to work directly with the TJA service and coordinate in the treatment of PJI patients. We hypothesized that streamlined care of patients with hip and knee PJI decreases the length of the acute hospital stay without increasing the risk of complication or incorrect antibiotic selection. Read the full abstract from the Journal of Arthroplasty

Authors:Kevin M. Goodson, MD, James R. Kee, MD, Paul K. Edwards, MD, Amanda J. Novack, MD, Jeffrey B. Stambough, MD, Eric R. Siegel, MS, C. Lowry Barnes, MD, Simon C. Mears, MD, PhD