About Us Alliances News Education Resources
PHTS Logo PHTS Logo PHTS Logo
New Account?  Forgot Password?     
Viewpoint


E-zines


Media Releases
News

High blood sugar means higher surgical-infection risk
8/7/2012
 
Patients' blood-sugar levels may provide clues about their likelihood of developing surgical-site infections, according to a study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Using data from nearly 800 orthopedic surgery patients, researchers determined that hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, was an independent risk factor for surgical-site infections at 30 days post-procedure, according to Modern Physician, which reported the results of the study. The authors said the data could provide an important tool for physicians and "may help to preoperatively identify a population of patients with musculoskeletal injuries who are at significant risk for infectious complications."

Modern Physician also reported that in another study published July 18 in the same journal, researchers found that diabetes more than doubled patients' risk for surgical-site infections following hip and knee replacement surgeries. Infection rates were greatest among morbidly obese and diabetic patients, the authors found.