The efficacy of intrawound vancomycin powder and povidone-iodine irrigation to prevent surgical site infections in complex instrumented spine surgery.

Affiliation

Department of Orthopaedics, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are notorious complications in spinal surgery and cause substantial patient morbidity. Intraoperative decontamination of the wound with povidone-iodine irrigation or vancomycin powder has gained attention lately, but the efficacy of either intervention is unclear.

Keywords

Intra-site,Intra-wound,Intrawound,Postoperative infection,Povidone-iodine,Prevention,Prophylaxis,Spine,Surgical site infection,Vancomycin,

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