Brandi Klingerman | August 5, 2016
Each year 332,000 total hip replacements are performed in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Out of those, nearly one percent of patients will get an infection and require the removal of their prosthetic replacement. Even though a small overall percentage, still more than 3,000 people are likely to get an infection that, if left untreated, could result in amputation.
Gail Weaver, post-doctoral research associate of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences (CEEES) who works with works with Joshua Shrout, associate professor of CEEES, received a Post-Doctoral Training Award from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). The award supports an on-going collaboration with Mark Klaassen, an orthopedic surgeon at Elkhart General Hospital, to collect bacterial samples from prosthetic hip joints that have become infected. The goal is to culture or grow the collected bacteria and develop laboratory best practices for studying multiple species infections.