Infections of the bones (osteomyelitis) and joints (septic arthritis) are serious health problems which require antibiotics and often surgery. Awareness among health professionals of the causes and treatment options for various types of bone and joint infections is essential for effective resolution.
PRO-IMPLANT Foundation members held a presentation on neurosurgical infection at the Spanish National Congress of Neurosurgery (SENEC) in Pamplona, Spain, 19-22 May 2015. The talk covered diagnosis and treatment of infections after craniotomy, shunt-, drain- and neurostimulator infections, as well as spine infections with and without implants.
Here his feedback:
For the first time PRO-IMPLANT Foundation hosted at the Workshop on PJI also participants from Latvia: Dr. Peteris Studers (Trauma/Ortho) and Dr. Martins Malzubris (Ortho and Bone Infections). We are looking forward to establishing a close collaboration in research and clinical practice with Baltic countries.
PROOF-Study: The efficacy and safety of high-dose intravenous fosfomycin (5 g every 8 hours) in combination with other antibiotic is evaluated in complicated bone and implant-associated infections caused by staphylococci, enterococci and gram-negative organisms.
Prof. Dr. Zimmerli is going to give talks: “PJI: Clinical presentation, surgical options and antimicrobial therapy”, and "Prevention of PJI", and share his valuable experience in different PJI cases in upcoming Workshop on Prosthetic Joint Infection (PJI) on March 21-22.
Here her experience:
- standard treatment (6-10 weeks until reimplantation)
- "fast-track" treatment (2-3 weeks short interval).
PRO-IMPLANT Foundation is launching the "Homecare" Trial evaluating the feasibility of intravenous treatment at patient home. This study aims to improve quality of life and reduce hospital stay in patients requiring prolonged intravenous antibiotic therapy.
The third Workshop on Prosthetic Joint Infection ( PJI) in September 2014 in Berlin was a great success! Active involvement of participants provided highly interactive sessions with exchange of experience and strategies regarding PJI.
We have collected some impressions from this workshop: