Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
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13 Feb 2023
Original full-length article |  | 13 Feb 2023

Wound drainage after arthroplasty and prediction of acute prosthetic joint infection: prospective data from a multicentre cohort study using a telemonitoring app

Henk Scheper, Rachid Mahdad, Brenda Elzer, Claudia Löwik, Wierd Zijlstra, Taco Gosens, Joris C. T. van der Lugt, Robert J. P. van der Wal, Rudolf W. Poolman, Matthijs P. Somford, Paul C. Jutte, Pieter K. Bos, Richard E. Zwaan, Rob G. H. H. Nelissen, Leo G. Visser, Mark G. J. de Boer, and the wound care app study group


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Short summary
The relation between postoperative wound leakage and occurrence of a prosthetic joint infection (PJI) after arthroplasty has not been investigated in a prospective study. We performed a large cohort study in which 1019 patients, after arthroplasty, recorded their wound drainage status in a wound care app during 30 postoperative days. Risk factors for wound drainage were identified. Moderate to heavy wound leakage in the third postoperative week was strongly associated with the occurrence of PJI.