Researchers Investigate a Non-Invasive Test for Surgical Site Infections in Orthopedic Implants

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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

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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