Diabetic Control Predicts Surgical Site Infection Risk in Orthopaedic Trauma Patients

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(1) To determine the incidence of surgical site infections (SSIs) in diabetic orthopaedic trauma patients and (2) to establish a protocol for managing diabetes mellitus (DM) in orthopaedic trauma patients.
Retrospective cohort study.
Level 1 Trauma Center.
All diabetic orthopaedic trauma patients who underwent surgical intervention with at least 1 month follow-up. Patients were classified as poorly controlled or controlled diabetic patients based on admission hemoglobin A1c and blood glucose (BG) levels.
Orthopaedic surgical intervention in accordance with fracture type and a standardized diabetes management protocol with internal medicine comanagement.
Main Outcome Measurement:
SSI incidence.
There were 260 patients during the study period. Two hundred two (77.7%) were included in the final analysis. Seventy-five (37.1%) patients met the criteria for poorly controlled DM. The overall rate of SSI was 20.8%; 32.0% for poorly controlled diabetic patients, and 14.2% for controlled diabetic patients (P