Infection in ventricular assist devices: prevention and treatment.

Academic Article


  • Infection is one of the most important challenges to the use of implanted mechanical circulatory support systems (MCSS), particularly as we enter the era of permanent device use in patients who are not candidates for cardiac transplantation. This paper describes the pathogenesis of MCSS infection, with particular attention to the role of biofilm-forming bacteria. Suggestions are presented for the prevention and treatment of infections in implanted MCSS.
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  • Heart Failure, Heart-Assist Devices, Humans, Prosthesis-Related Infections
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    Author List

  • Holman WL; Rayburn BK; McGiffin DC; Foley BA; Benza RL; Bourge RC; Pinderski LJ; Kirklin JK
  • Start Page

  • S48
  • End Page

  • S57
  • Volume

  • 75
  • Issue

  • 6 Suppl