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Management of Open Fractures and Subsequent Complications
Charalampos G. Zalavras, MD1; Randall E. Marcus, MD2; L. Scott Levin, MD3; Michael J. Patzakis, MD1
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, 2025 Zonal Avenue, GNH 3900, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9312
2 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical Center, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
3 Duke South Hospital, Room 134, Baker House, Brown Zone, Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710
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Printed with permission of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. This article, as well as other lectures presented at the Academy's Annual Meeting, will be available in March 2008 in Instructional Course Lectures, Volume 57. The complete volume can be ordered online at www.aaos.org, or by calling 800-626-6726 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Central time).
An Instructional Course Lecture, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2007 Apr 01;89(4):884-895
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Open fractures are associated with an increased risk of infection and healing complications. Management of open fractures is based on the following principles: assessment of the patient, classification of the injury, antibiotic therapy, débridement and wound management, fracture stabilization, early bone-grafting, and supplemental procedures to achieve healing.
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