Cardiac assist device infections

Shmuel Shoham, Leslie W. Miller

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Abstract

Cardiac assist devices have emerged as an increasingly important option for circulatory support in patients with advanced congestive heart failure. Infection has been the leading cause of death with use of ventricular assist devices for the past 25 years, and continues to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in this population. Infections may involve the internal (blood-containing) components, or occur on the external device surfaces. The pump pocket and the percutaneous driveline are particularly vulnerable. In this article we review the pathogenesis, epidemiology, clinical course, and approaches for treatment and prevention of cardiac assist device infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-273
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Infectious Disease Reports
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Equipment and Supplies
Infection
Heart-Assist Devices
Cause of Death
Epidemiology
Heart Failure
Morbidity
Mortality
Population
Therapeutics

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  • Infectious Diseases

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Cardiac assist device infections. / Shoham, Shmuel; Miller, Leslie W.

In: Current Infectious Disease Reports, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2009, p. 268-273.

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Shoham, Shmuel ; Miller, Leslie W. / Cardiac assist device infections. In: Current Infectious Disease Reports. 2009 ; Vol. 11, No. 4. pp. 268-273.
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