Overview of Bone and Joint Infections

Yanina Pasikhova, Pharm.D.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Category: Device Related Infections, Orthopedic Infections

Yanina Pasikhova, clinical pharmacist at Moffitt Cancer Center, presents this talk about bone and joint infections – osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, prosthetic joint infection. Ms. Pasikhova goes over case studies while focusing on different organisms expected in acute vs. chronic infections, route of infections, indications for empiric treatment, and work-up for infections. Infections can occur via hematogenous spread due to risk factors like IV Drug Use, hemodialysis, or immunocompromise, or contiguous from surgery, open fractures, burns, and soft tissue infections. She discusses diagnostics, including best practices for cultures, and indications for imaging studies. Finally, she discusses treatment – while there are no official guidelines for Osteomyelitis, but historically IV antibiotics are used. She reviews the literature which compares oral and IV antibiotics and which antibiotics should be used for different infections.

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