Cardiac device related infections increase mortality

In this large analysis of medicare beneficiaries with cardiac devices, those that suffered a device infection had significantly higher LOS, cost, and short and long term mortality. Referrrals for cardiac device implantation need to be clearly based on evidence of benefit, given the short and long term cost and risk (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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