Mount Sinai Hospital Protocols Focus on Surgical Site Infection Prevention for Total Joint Replacements

Calin Moucha, MD, associate chief of joint replacement surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, is heading efforts to decrease surgical site infections for total joint replacement patients, according to a report from the New York Daily News.

The hospital has protocols in place to identify patients who are at increased risk and making sure they are aware of these risks before surgery. When additional measures can be taken to decrease the risk in high-risk patients, such as maintaining glucose control in diabetic patients, there is a process in place to ensure it happens.

Dr. Moucha and his team are also focused on oral health since bacteria can travel from the oral cavity to a metal implant. The professionals at the hospital continue to work on preventing staphylococcus aureus, which is a common cause of infection after orthopedic surgery. They administer antibody ointments and instruct patients to take antiseptic baths for five days before surgery.

Read the report about preventing orthopedic surgical site infections.

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