Journal article

What is the role of catheter antibiotic prophylaxis for patients undergoing joint arthroplasty?

Rose-Marie Scarlato, Michelle M Dowsey, Kirsty L Buising, Peter FM Choong, Trisha N Peel



BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial prophylaxis at the time of urinary catheter insertion and removal is commonly administered in patients undergoing joint arthroplasty, despite the lack of evidence to support this practice. The rationale is the theoretical risk of prosthetic joint infection arising from bacterial seeding from the urinary tract at the time of catheterization. In an era of antimicrobial stewardship, further assessment is warranted. METHODS: This study aimed to investigate the incidence of catheter-associated (CA) bacteriuria and bacteraemia in patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty and to assess the antimicrobial susceptibility of any isolated microorganisms. This prospective obs..

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Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Australian Clinical Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

Departments of Microbiology and Orthopaedics and Operating Theatre Staff, SVHM. This project received funding from the St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne Research Endowment Fund. Dr Michelle Dowsey is supported by a NHMRC Early Career Australian Clinical Fellowship (APP1035810). Dr Trisha Peel is supported by a NHMRC Early Career Australian Clinical Fellowship (APP1069374).