A protocol for periprosthetic joint infections from the Northern Infection Network for Joint Arthroplasty (NINJA) in the Netherlands

Northern Infection Network for Joint Arthroplasty (NINJA), W. P. Zijlstra, J. J. W. Ploegmakers, G. A. Kampinga, M. L. Toren-Wielema, H. B. Ettema, B. A. S. Knobben, P. C. Jutte, M. Wouthuyzen-Bakker*

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Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a devastating complication of joint arthroplasty surgery. Treatment success depends on accurate diagnostics, adequate surgical experience and interdisciplinary consultation between orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, infectious disease specialists and medical microbiologists. For this purpose, we initiated the Northern Infection Network for Joint Arthroplasty (NINJA) in the Netherlands in 2014. The establishment of a mutual diagnostic and treatment protocol for PJI in our region has enabled mutual understanding, has supported agreement on how to treat specific patients, and has led to clarity for smaller hospitals in our region for when to refer patients without jeopardizing important initial treatment locally. Furthermore, a mutual PJI patient database has enabled the improvement of our protocol, based on medicine-based evidence from our scientific data. In this paper we describe our NINJA protocol.
Original languageEnglish
Article number19
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 19-Apr-2022


  • Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), Arthroplasty Surgery, Treatment, Protocol, Debridement Antibiotics and Implant Retention (DAIR)

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