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Costs, mortality skyrocket following infection in cardiac device recipients
Date:9/12/2011

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  • The longer-term mortality rate (death during the admission quarter and following year) was 27-35%, about 1.6 to 2.1-fold the rate without infection, depending on the device type.

  • The mean hospital length of stay (LOS) with infection was 2.5 to 4.0-fold the length of stay without infection.

  • Mean total hospitalization cost for pacemaker and defibrillator patients with infection was 1.4-1.8 fold the cost for those without infection, depending on the type of device. The mean standardized incremental costs related to the treatment of the infection ranged from an average of $16,208 for pacemaker infections to $16,498 for certain types of defibrillators. The Medicare analysis revealed that the cost of managing the most extreme situations exceeded $1 million.

    "Pacemaker and ICD therapies are invaluable tools in treating heart disease. The '2010 American Heart Association/Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Statement on Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) Infections and their Management' identified the need for more precise data on the clinical impact and economic burden of pacemaker and defibrillator infections," commented Daniel Lerner, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of TYRX Inc. "This large population study in a broad spectrum of patients provides important information on the significant impact that cardiac device infections have on mortality, morbidity, and health care costs. These findings further underscore the need for infection prevention as a key component of the larger health care imperative to reduce mortality, morbidity, and health care costs."


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