Is preoperative anemia a risk factor for surgical site infection/periprosthetic joint infection (SSI/PJI)?

Authors: Riaz Khan, Vasili Karas, Jonathan Coward

RECOMMENDATION: Based on available evidence, preoperative anemia, as defined by a hemoglobin of less than 13.0 g/dl in men and 12.0 g/dl in women, is an independent risk factor for postoperative SSI/PJI following total joint arthroplasty (TJA).

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Moderate

DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 89%, Disagree: 8%, Abstain: 3% (Super Majority, Strong Consensus)

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