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Hand Clin. 2015 May;31(2):355-60. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2014.12.007.

Infection after hand surgery.

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1
Hand Surgery Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Wang Ambulatory Care Center 435, 15 Parkman Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA. Electronic address: keberlin@mgh.harvard.edu.
2
Hand Surgery Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Yawkey 2C, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA.

Abstract

Postoperative infections are uncommon after hand surgery. Infection can delay recovery and contribute to scarring and stiffness. Measures intended to reduce the risk of infection after hand surgery include hand washing, skin preparation, sterile technique, and prophylactic antibiotics. The role of prophylactic antibiotics for small, clean, elective hand surgery procedures lasting less than 2 hours is debated.

KEYWORDS:

Hand infections; Perioperative antibiotics; Postoperative infection; Prophylactic measures; Surgical site infection

PMID:
25934209
DOI:
10.1016/j.hcl.2014.12.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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