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Published: April 10, 2018

  • Study: silver-nylon dressing reduces SSIs in total joints patientsResearchers have found that the use of silver-nylon antimicrobial dressings significantly reduces the rate of surgical site infections in total joint-replacement patients compared to standard dressings, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon Global Research & Review.
  • Frailty more important than age Elderly patients who exhibit traits of moderate to high frailty — weakness, fatigue and weight loss, for example — are at greater risk of suffering complications during routine outpatient hernia, breast cancer and thyroid procedures, according to research published in JAMA Surgery. Surgeons should consider frailty instead of age when deciding if patients are suitable candidates for same-day surgery, say the researchers.
  • When can athletic patients return to play after hip arthroscopy? A literature review study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine hoped to establish if the current evidence is sufficient for either a functional test or a "Return To Play"(RTP) best practice. "54.5% (12 of 22) of studies did not provide a guideline for RTP duration after hip arthroscopy, 36.4% (8 of 22) recommended a duration of 4 months, while 9.1% (2 of 22) recommended 3 months," the review found. The conclusion therefore is that as of now no standard can be established. "The majority of rehabilitation protocols are not evidence-based and rely on expert opinion. No validated functional test currently exists to assess RTP."
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