A team of researchers, led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Professor Eric Ledet, will investigate whether small wireless sensors incorporated into orthopedic implants could be used to detect surgical site infections. The research is supported by a $429,560 grant from the National Institutes of Health.
According to the researchers, surgical site infections (SSI) are the most common complication following surgical procedures and account for nearly 20 percent of all health care-associated infections. In the United States, 2 to 5 percent of surgical inpatients will develop an SSI, accounting for approximately 300,000 cases per year. These infections pose greater risks when associated with surgical implants, with complications including additional surgery, implant removal, delayed wound healing, increased use of antibiotics, and death