chapter  23
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Surgical management of infection

ByManuel Llusa, Xavier Mir, Xavier Flores

Ideally, infection should be avoided but the kind of high-energy trauma that results in fractures and soft tissue injuries with high wound contamination make it difficult to prevent infection. Management protocols for acute situations begin with irrigation, debridement and stabilization of the fractures as soon as possible. Infected fractures require similar radical treatment. In fact, all patients with open fractures should be considered as being infected.