Surgical Site Infections After Routine Syndesmotic Screw Rem
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A Study was conducted to investigate the incidence of surgical site infections (SSIs) after routine removal of syndesmotic screws (SSs) placed to stabilize syndesmotic injuries.

Studies were eligible for inclusion when they described more than 10 adult patients undergoing elective/scheduled removal of the SS. The 15 included articles were assessed for quality and risk of bias using the Newcastle–Ottawa Scale. Baseline characteristics of the studies, the study population, the intervention, the potential confounders, and the primary outcome (% of SSIs) were extracted using a customized extraction sheet.

The primary outcome was presented as a proportion of included patients and as a weighted mean, using inverse variance, calculated in RStudio. Furthermore, potential confounders were identified.

In particular, the number of people with SSIs ranged from 0% to 9.2%, with a weighted average of 4%. The majority of these infections were superficial (3%) compared to 2% deep infections. These rates were comparable to other foot/ankle procedures, implying that the specific indication for SS removal (SSR) should be carefully considered.

Source: https://journals.lww.com/jorthotrauma/Abstract/2021/04000/Surgical_Site_Infections_After_Routine_Syndesmotic.11.aspx
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