• Costs quadruple when SSIs develop after hip, knee replacements

    8 days ago - By Healio

    The total 1-year health care cost for patients who develop complex surgical site infections, or SSIs, following hip and knee replacements is more than four times higher compared with patients who do not sustain an infection, according to study results published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
    The results are from a database of Canadian patients, but the researchers also estimated the cost to manage SSIs in hip and knee arthroplasty patients in the United States.
    “Nearly 800,000 primary hip and knee arthroplasty procedures are performed annually in North America,”
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