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How European centres diagnose, treat, and prevent CIED infections: Results of an European Heart Rhythm Association survey
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2012 (English)In: Europace, ISSN 1099-5129, E-ISSN 1532-2092, Vol. 14, no 11, 1666-1669 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of our survey is to analyse the clinical approach used to prevent and treat cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) infections in Europe. The survey involves high-volume implanting centres. According to the survey the incidence of CIED infections shows a slight decrease in most centres and is substantially under 2% in the majority of centres interviewed. However, there are still differences in terms of prophylactic antibiotic therapy: 8.9% of the centres administer oxacillin as preoperative treatment, 4.4% of them do not give any antibiotic therapy, all centres use some kind of skin antisepsis, but only 42.2% use chlorhexidine. In case of local infection, 43.5% of centres perform lead extraction as first approach. In the case of systemic infection or evidence of lead or valvular endocarditis, 95% of centres treat these conditions by extracting the leads, which indicates that the adherence to the lead extraction guidelines is quite good.

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2012. Vol. 14, no 11, 1666-1669 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-184502DOI: 10.1093/europace/eus350ISI: 000310633300029PubMedID: 23104858OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-184502DiVA: diva2:565529
Available from: 2012-11-07 Created: 2012-11-07 Last updated: 2012-12-10Bibliographically approved

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