Increased infection risk after hip hemiarthroplasty in institutionalized patients with proximal femur fracture

Irene Gallardo-Calero, Thais Larrainzar-Coghen, Dolors Rodriguez-Pardo, Carles Pigrau, Judith Sánchez-Raya, Carles Amat, Maily Lung, Luis Carrera, Pablo S. Corona

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© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. In patients undergoing hip hemiarthroplasty (HHA) secondary to proximal femur fracture, acute periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is one of the most important complications. We have detected an increased risk of PJI in chronic institutionalized patients (CIPs), and a higher number of early postoperative infections are caused by Gram-negative bacteria (GNB), not covered by the current prophylaxis (cefazolin in noninstitutionalized patients (NIPs) and cotrimoxazole in CIPs). We sought to compare infection characteristics between NIPs and CIPs, analyzing predisposing factors, causative pathogens, and antibiotic prophylaxis-related microbiological characteristics. We performed a retrospective review of our prospective institutional database to identify all patients consecutively admitted for HHA to treat proximal femur fracture at our centre between 2011 and 2013. PJI was diagnosed in 21 of 381 (5.51%) patients, with 10 of 105 (9.52%) in the CIP group and 11 of 276 (3.99%) in the NIP group, and statistical significance was achieved. GNB accounted for PJI in 14 (66.67%) patients. We detected a single case of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in the NIP group. We confirm a higher risk of acute PJI among institutionalized patients, commonly caused by Gram-negative microorganisms, which are not covered by the current prophylaxis. New prophylactic strategies should be investigated in order to reduce this problem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)872-876
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


  • Acute periprosthetic joint infection
  • Antibiotic prophylaxis
  • Hip hemiarthroplasty


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