Left ventricular assist device-associated infections.

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Left ventricular assist device-associated infections.

Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2012 Mar;26(1):77-87

Authors: Califano S, Pagani FD, Malani PN

The left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a mechanical pump that supplements or replaces the function of a damaged left ventricle. Although LVAD support is associated with improved survival and quality of life, infectious complications remain a major limitation. The authors examine the epidemiology of LVAD-associated infections and review current diagnostic, treatment, and management strategies. Novel evidence-based approaches to infection prevention remain critical because the number of patients receiving long-term mechanical support continues to burgeon.

PMID: 22284377 [PubMed - in process]

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