Study Finds Risks and Costs Associated with Infection After Device Implantation

Larry Husten, Forbes

A large new study has found significant risks and costs associated with infections following the implantation of CIEDs (cardiovascular implantable electronic devices, including ICDs, CRT/Ds, and pacemakers).

In a paper published in Archives of Internal Medicine, Muhammad Sohail and colleagues analyzed Medicare data from more than 200,000 patients admitted for CIED implantation, replacement, or revision in 2007, including  5817 admissions with infection. Infection was associated with an increase in the rate ratio for admission mortality (4.8- 7.7) and long-term mortality (1.6-2.1). The researchers noted that about half of the increased long-term mortality occurred after hospital discharge.


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