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Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2008;21(2):99-105.

A review of post-operative infections in veterinary orthopaedic surgery.

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  • 1Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada.


Surgical site infections are an inherent risk in orthopaedic surgery and many of the infections that develop are likely to be non-preventable. However, a variety of measures can be undertaken to reduce the risk and impact of surgical site infections. The development and implementation of an infection control program, including surgical site infection surveillance, can be an important tool for patient management. All veterinary practices should have some form of infection control program in order to address surgical site infections, among other issues, and to provide the optimal and expected level of care.

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