Contamination and infection rate of percutaneous Kirschner wires in foot surgery

FP HalpernDepartment of Surgery, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, NY 10035.

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MJ TrepalDepartment of Surgery, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, NY 10035.

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W HodgeDepartment of Surgery, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, NY 10035.

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A study was performed at the Foot Clinics of New York during the months of September 1988 through December 1988, in which 54 Kirschner wires from 40 surgical patients were cultured immediately upon removal to investigate if microorganisms were present. The results and potential implications are presented.