Survey of shoulder arthroplasty surgeons’ methods for infection avoidance of Propionibacterium

Stephen Arthur Parada, K. Aaron Shaw, Josef K. Eichinger, Monica J. Stadecker, Laurence D. Higgins, Jon J.P. Warner

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Introduction: Propionibacterium acnes infection after shoulder arthroplasty remains a source of morbidity. Determining practices amongst shoulder surgeons is the first step in developing infection-prevention best-practices. Methods: A survey was sent to a shoulder fellowship alumni group to determine their arthroplasty infection prevention methods Results: 74% completed the survey. Cefazolin (90%), vancomycin (50%) and clindamycin (18%) were the most commonly used antibiotics, 61% utilized more than one antibiotic. Most (76%) reported using an experience-based protocol learned during residency/fellowship. Discussion and conclusion: There are no clear standards for prevention of Propionibacterium acnes infections in shoulder arthroplasty. There is a general non-scientific approach to the prevention of shoulder arthroplasty infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-180
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Orthopaedics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • P. acnes
  • Periprosthetic infection
  • Propionibacterium acnes
  • Shoulder arthroplasty
  • Shoulder infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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