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Letters Prosthetic joint infection

Treatment without long courses of systemic antibiotics

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 28 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3052
  1. David Harvey, SpR microbiology1,
  2. Rob Townsend, consultant medical microbiologist1,
  3. Robert Kerry, consultant orthopaedic surgeon1,
  4. Ian Stockley, consultant orthopaedic surgeon1
  1. 1Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield S5 7AU
  1. rob.townsend{at}

    We manage prosthetic joint infection without systemic antibiotics or prolonged hospital admission (or intravenous antibiotics via outpatient intravenous services).1 We target antibiotic treatment to organisms isolated from either a diagnostic aspirate or joint washout (in the case of early infection). At the …

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