This large retrospective cohort found ~6% of endocarditis cases are associated with cardiac devices (the majority pacemakers), 2/3 of which are caused by staph. In hospital and 1 year mortality rates were 15% and 23%, and mortality was lower among those whose device was removed (hazard ratio 0.42, CI 0.22 to 0.82). (abstract)
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.