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Infection is a common cause of impaired fracture healing. In the clinical setting, definitive fracture treatment and infection are often treated separately and sequentially, by different clinical specialties. The ability to treat infection while promoting fracture healing will greatly reduce the cost, number of procedures, and patient morbidity associated with infected fractures.
In order to develop new therapies, scientists and engineers must understand the clinical need, current standards of care, pathologic effects of infection on fractures, available preclinical models, and novel technologies. One of the main causes of poor fracture healing is infection; unfortunately, bone regeneration and infection research are typically approached independently and viewed as two separate disciplines.
Here, we aim to bring these two groups together in an educational workshop to promote research into the basic and translational science that will address the clinical challenge of delayed fracture healing due to infection.
Statement of clinical significance: Infection and nonunion are each feared outcomes in fracture care, and infection is a significant driver of nonunion.
The impact of nonunions on patient well-being is substantial. Outcome data suggests a long bone nonunion is as impactful on health-related quality of life measures as a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and fracture-related infection has been shown to significantly l[Q3]ower a patient's quality of life for over 4 years.