We are leading a national collaboration of Infectious Diseases and Orthopaedic specialists planning a pilot observational study enrolling all patients with PJI at 5 hospitals across Australia. We will collect information about the PJIs, how they are treated and the outcomes. This will contribute to answering important questions about the best antibiotic and surgical approaches to PJI, and will inform the design of large randomised trials to definitely answer these questions.
Over 70,000 hip and knee replacements are performed in Australia each year. Unfortunately approximately 2% of these will become infected and there is a lack of high quality evidence to guide the management of these prosthetic joint infections (PJI).