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Pacemakers, Defibrillators Sources of Deadly Infections: Study
Date:4/25/2012

ything in our power to prevent these infections starting with using pristine sterile techniques," he said.

"We should try and limit our exposure to pathogens in the hospital by prevention techniques, including hand washing and shortening a patient's stay in the hospital," Suri said. "The longer they stay in the hospital, the higher their risk of infection."

If a patient does develop an infection, "there is clearly a survival advantage with removal of the whole system," Suri added. "Antibiotics themselves won't sterilize the infection."

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Learn more about bacterial endocarditis at the American Heart Association.

SOURCES: Andrew Wang, M.D., cardiologist, Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C.; Gregory Crooke, M.D., cardiac surgeon, Maimonides Medical Center, New York City; Ranjit Suri, M.D., FACC, director, Electrophysiology Service and Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; April 25, 2012, Journal of the American Medical Association


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