New Treatment for Driveline Infection Following Implantation of a Ventricular Assist Device

  • Akira Sezai The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, the Department of Cardiology, Nihon University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
  • Satoshi Unosawa The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, the Department of Cardiology, Nihon University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
  • Makoto Taoka The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, the Department of Cardiology, Nihon University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
  • Shunji Osaka The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, the Department of Cardiology, Nihon University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
  • Yoshiki Kitazumi The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, the Department of Cardiology, Nihon University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
  • Keito Suzuki The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, the Department of Cardiology, Nihon University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
  • Toshiko Nakai The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, the Department of Cardiology, Nihon University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
  • Masashi Tanaka The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, the Department of Cardiology, Nihon University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
Keywords: ventricular assist device, driveline infection, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, negative pressure wound therapy

Abstract

In patients with an implantable ventricular assist device (VAD), driveline infection (DLI) is a challenging complication. Once DLI occurs, it may lead to pump contamination and/or septicemia, which means that early treatment is essential. We hereby report our initial experiences of a mechanically-powered portable negative pressure wound therapy system (Smart Negative Pressure: SNaPTM) to treat DLI at an outpatient clinic.

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Published
2020-03-13
How to Cite
Sezai, A., Unosawa, S., Taoka, M., Osaka, S., Kitazumi, Y., Suzuki, K., Nakai, T., & Tanaka, M. (2020). New Treatment for Driveline Infection Following Implantation of a Ventricular Assist Device. The Heart Surgery Forum, 23(2), E132-E134. https://doi.org/10.1532/hsf.2899
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