In this retrospective cohort of US patients, researchers found that the number of cardiac implanted electronic devices increased 12% (from 2004 to 2006), and the number of device infections increased 57% in that same time period. Hospitalists should expect to see an increasing number of device infections, as the number of implantations increase in patients with more co-morbidities (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.