New Treatment for Driveline Infection Following Implantation of a Ventricular Assist Device
Keywords:ventricular assist device, driveline infection, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, negative pressure wound therapy
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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