Many methods are used during shoulder surgery to prevent wound contamination with Cutibacterium acnes, but there are no accepted standards for prevention. Some surgeons use an electrosurgical instrument instead of a scalpel blade during open shoulder surgery in an effort to prevent deep tissue contamination with C. acnes. We sought to compare the transference rate of C. acnes between a scalpel blade at room temperature and an electrosurgical blade heated to 41°C (temperature of electrosurgical blade after standard deltopectoral approach). In our model, using a scalpel blade versus a heated electrosurgical blade resulted in no difference in pathogen transference.
- Cutibacterium acnes
- Pathogen transmission
- Shoulder infection
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine