AOTrauma Webinar:  Why Do Patients Get Infection?

May 30, 2017 14:00 CET

Main Presenter: Olivier Borens, MD (Switzerland)
Chat Moderator: Stephen Kates, MD (USA)

Surgical site infections after trauma are debilitating and costly. They are feared by the surgeon and the patient alike. The incidence of this complication can be decreased by proper preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative management.
The goal of this webinar is to present easy-to-use tools and strategies that will lead to a decrease in the incidence of infection.

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Executive Editor: Joseph Schatzker General Editor: Jonas Andermahr, Michael McKee, Diane Nam


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Proper patient positioning is crucial as incorrect positioning will keep the surgeon from performing a successful operation.

The supine position facilitates combined surgical approaches for a polytrauma patient. However, it limited to anterior approaches only.

Advantages and disadvantages


  • Facilitates combined surgical approaches for a polytrauma patient


  • Limited to anterior shoulder approaches only



The extremity should be draped free to facilitate motion of the shoulder which may aid in reduction.

Intraoperative imaging

A radiolucent table is required when an image intensifier is required.