The purpose of this integrated review of the literature was to explore the postsurgical infection complications commonly occurring in individuals undergoing total knee replacement surgery, and the relationship of co-morbidities, lifestyle choices, and genetics on the risk for complication. A comprehensive search of the literature focusing on the patient surgical site infection and total knee replacement surgery using the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) and Medical Literature On-line (MEDLINE). Initial searches revealed 80 results. Upon closer scrutiny, duplicates were removed, as well as those not relevant to infection in total knee arthroplasty. This resulted in a review of 6 articles that fit the inclusion criteria. Inclusion criteria were articles written in the English language and published in scholarly, peer-reviewed, journals from 2009 to present. In addition to published articles, pertinent material from current nursing textbooks was evaluated and chosen to further substantiate the literature results. In cases of knee arthroplasty, diagnoses of obesity and diabetes were discovered to be risk factors for postsurgical infection. The findings of this thesis offer interpretation for nursing practice, research, education, and policy. Implications for nursing research, policy, education and practice are highlighted along with limitations of this integrative review.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Dissertations, Academic -- Nursing; Nursing -- Dissertations, Academic
UCF Daytona Beach
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Coker, Christian, "Identifying Populations at Risk For Infection After Knee Arthroplasty: An Integrated Literature Review" (2014). HIM 1990-2015. 1634.