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Does the added cost of antibiotics in bone cement really improve patient care and prevent deep infection?

Join us February 18 for our webinar, "Antibiotic Bone Cement: Fighting Infection or Fighting Your Bottom Line?" where ECRI Institute experts will examine the landscape of antibiotic bone cement products to help answer this question and others by addressing the following:

  • Clinical evidence for the role of antibiotic bone cement in preventing deep infection after primary total knee and hip replacement
  • Current methods to reduce risk of infection
  • Commercially available antibiotic bone cement products and how they compare to standard products
  • Market share of antibiotic cements
  • Prices that hospitals are paying based on ECRI Institute data


continuing education credits

CME Accreditation Statement:
This live activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). ECRI Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
ECRI Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credits:
This activity has been approved for 1.5 California State Nursing contact hours by the provider, Debora Simmons, who is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13677.

E-mail or call (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889.

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  • David Snyder, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, Health Technology Assessment, ECRI Institute
  • Timothy Browne, Director, PriceGuide™, ECRI Institute


  • Shoshannah L. Roth, PhD, Manager, Emerging Technologies, Health Technology Assessment, ECRI Institute

Presenters will help attendees learn about:

  • Potential problems associated with antibiotic bone cements
  • Clinical evidence on the routine use of antibiotic bone cements
  • Proper timing of use
  • Regulatory status
  • Available commercial bone cements and their cost
  • The market place for bone cement from a supplier and pricing perspective

Orthopedic surgeons, physicians, nurses, and professionals in the following areas should attend:

  • Health plans
  • Hospitals and health systems
  • Hospital value analysis committees
  • Professional societies
  • Supply chain


1:00–1:05   ​Introduction and Overview

1:05–2:05   ​Part 1: Examining the Clinical Evidence
                      Presenter: David Snyder, PhD

  • How common are deep infections after primary total knee and hip replacement?
  • What methods are currently used to reduce the risk of deep infection?
  • What does the clinical evidence say about using antibiotic-loaded bone cement in preventing deep infection?

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the current rate/risk of deep infection after primary total knee and hip replacement
  • Be aware of the current methods used to reduce the risk of deep infection
  • Understand the clinical evidence for and against the use of antibiotic-loaded bone cement
  • Be aware of which patients may benefit from using antibiotic-loaded bone cement

2:05–2:20   ​Part 2: Commercially Available Bone Cements with and without Antibiotics
                      Presenter: Timothy Browne

  • Market overview: Bone cement
  • Market overview: Antibiotic-loaded and standard bone cement

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what hospitals can expect to pay on average for bone cement products
  • See the cost savings that a hospital could anticipate if it were to transition away from using antibiotic cement in most primary knee and hip replacements

2:20–2:30   Questions

​​​This webinar is brought to you by ECRI Institute's Health Technology Assessment Information Service and PriceGuide™ advisory service.

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E-mail or call (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889.