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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 11, Suppl D, Pages 34D-40D
Care Pathways

Care Plans for Native and Prosthetic Joint Septic Arthritis, and Acute Hematogenous and Chronic Osteomyelitis

Stephen D Shafran and The Septic Arthritis∕Osteomyelitis Outpatient Intravenous Antibiotic Therapy Working Group

Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada

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The current paper presents care plans for the treatment of septic arthritis of native and prosthetic joints, as well as for acute hematogenous and chronic osteomyelitis. A nursing care plan for septic arthritis and osteomyelitis is included, along with pathogen-specific therapy for common pathogens, including Gram-positive and Gram-negative cocci.