Shane Strom1 MDDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery PGY-5 Resident Shane Strom, M.D., alongside his colleagues published “Risk Factors for Deep Infection and Conversion Total Hip Arthroplasty after Operative Combined Pelvic Ring and Acetabular Fractures” in Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 

The purpose of their research was to identify the risk factors for deep infection and conversion total hip arthroplasty (THA) after operative management of combined pelvic ring and acetabular injuries.

Researchers found that patients who developed deep infection had higher rates of hip dislocation, intraoperative transfusion, higher body mass index (BMI), increased estimated blood loss, more intraoperative units transfused, and longer operative times.

According to authors, the study included the review of 150 operative combined pelvic ring and acetabular injuries at a single level one trauma center from 2010-2019. 

Researchers concluded that higher average BMI and the number of blood transfused were independently associated with deep infection, while posterior wall involvement was independently associated with conversion to THA in studied patients. 

UAB Department of Orthopaedic Surgery faculty and trainees collaborated with UAB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Study Authors include:

To read the entire study and its methods, click here.