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DePuy Synthes and Ethicon showcase intraoperative solutions aimed at reducing surgical site infections

DePuy Synthes and Ethicon, both businesses of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, joined forces at the 18th European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) Congress in Vienna, to showcase a range of knee and hip procedural solutions to support health systems in meeting their Triple Aim goals of reducing costs, enhancing patient outcomes and increasing patient satisfaction by reducing the rate of surgical site infections (SSIs).

SSIs are a major health concern that can have a significant impact on orthopaedic patients, with infection decreasing patient quality of life and representing a major clinical and economic burden in knee and hip arthroplasty.1,2

We see a tremendous opportunity to help improve orthopaedic patient outcomes through cross-portfolio procedural offerings” said Michelle Brennan, Company Group Chair, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices EMEA. “Our range of complementary technologies seek to address the need for standardisation and efficiencies in the operating room, while mitigating the threat of surgical site infections which can be an unexpected and traumatic event during a patient’s journey to recovery”.

The businesses are proud to be exhibiting their suite of procedural solutions during the congress, including:

  • From DePuy Synthes; the ATTUNE® Knee System, designed to improve functional outcomes for patients, performance for surgeons, and efficiency for providers;and the CORAIL® PINNACLE® Total Hip System, one of the most widely used and clinically successful constructs in total hip replacement.3-8
  • From Ethicon; wound closure products including the DERMABOND® PRINEO® Skin Closure System which provides a flexible microbial barrier with 99% protection in vitro for 72 hours against organisms commonly responsible for SSIs,9 complimented by Ethicon’s range of Plus Sutures, including the STRATAFIX™ Plus Knotless Tissue Control Device – with Ethicon Plus antibacterial triclosan coating. Plus Sutures have been proven in vitro to inhibit colonisation of the suture by bacteria associated with SSIs.10,11,13,14

Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices remains committed to the fight against SSIs for patients and healthcare systems alike.  Infection prevention is rooted in the company’s heritage and its range of knee and hip procedural solutions affords orthopaedic surgeons a collection of complementary technologies across the entire patient pathway, from exposure to closure.


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