Scientific article

The value of bacterial culture during clean orthopedic surgery: a prospective study of 1,036 patients

Published inInfection control and hospital epidemiology, vol. 25, no. 6, p. 512-514
Publication date2004

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether bacterial cultures of the wounds of patients undergoing clean orthopedic surgery would help predict infection. METHODS: During 1 year, 1,256 cultures were performed for 1,102 patients who underwent clean orthopedic surgery. Results were analyzed to evaluate their ability to predict postoperative infection. RESULTS: The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of the cultures were 38%, 92%, 7%, and 99%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Cultures performed during clean orthopedic surgery were not useful for predicting postoperative infection.

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antibiotic Prophylaxis
  • Bacterial Infections/classification/ microbiology/prevention & control
  • Colony Count, Microbial
  • Drug Resistance, Bacterial
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Period
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Orthopedic Procedures/ adverse effects
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Surgical Wound Infection/ microbiology/prevention & control
  • Switzerland
Citation (ISO format)
BERNARD, Louis et al. The value of bacterial culture during clean orthopedic surgery: a prospective study of 1,036 patients. In: Infection control and hospital epidemiology, 2004, vol. 25, n° 6, p. 512–514. doi: 10.1086/502431
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