Systemic antibiotics in the prophylaxis and therapy of postoperative infections in patients with osteosynthesis of the femur

  • S. Decker-Burgard


Infection is the outcome of various interactions between a host, a potential pathogen and the environment. Infection occurs, when micro-organisms successfully evade the host defense. Surgical wounds may heal by primary intention (with apposed wound edges) or secondary intention (when the wound is left open), whereas it has been shown that a delay of wound closure of four to five days increases the resistance to infection [11].


Surgical Site Infection Antibiotic Prophylaxis Postoperative Infection Prosthetic Joint Infection Closed Fracture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Decker-Burgard
    • 1
  1. 1.Frankfurt

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