Left Ventricular Assist Device Driveline Infections

ArticleinCardiology clinics 29(4):515-27 · November 2011with20 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.03 · DOI: 10.1016/j.ccl.2011.08.004 · Source: PubMed

This article reviews some important aspects of driveline infection in patients under left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support, including epidemiology, causes, diagnosis, and treatment options, both medical and surgical. Focus is placed on prevention along every aspect of the process of LVAD therapy, as the authors believe this is the most efficient measure to fight driveline infections. Once driveline infection is present, early recognition and adequate treatment, including surgical measures, play a central role management, and are key to achieving the goals of LVAD support.

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