What is the most appropriate outcome measurement (clinical, radiographic, laboratory, etc.) for management of early infection after fracture fixation (IAFF)?

Authors: Mustafa Citak, Carl Haasper, Kenneth Egol, William T. Obremskey, Hussein Abdelazia, Philip Linke

RECOMMENDATION: Fracture healing and infection control seem to be the most appropriate outcome measure to monitor the response to management of early IAFF. Secondarily, treatment success following infection management after fracture fixation is best assessed using a combination of the patient’s clinical picture and laboratory examinations such as tissue cultures, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP).

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Consensus

DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 70%, Disagree: 10%, Abstain: 20% (Super Majority, Weak Consensus)

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