Journal article

Pacemaker infections: a 10-year experience.

Andrei Catanchin, Challon J Murdock, Eugene Athan

Heart Lung Circ | Published : 2007


BACKGROUND: Infection is a major complication of pacemaker and defibrillator (PPM/ICD) implantation. The experience in an Australian regional centre is reported. METHODS: Ten years' (1994-2004) cases of PPM/ICD infection retrospectively analysed and compared to overall insertion data; management and outcomes examined. RESULTS: A total 39 cases (79.5% male, median age 71.3 years) identified, 24 in the primary centre where 1481 procedures performed (infection rate 1.6%). Patients with infection had average 2.2 procedures performed (odds ratio for infection if >1 procedure=4.7); 14 (36%) first implantations, 35 (90%) pacemakers, 11 (28%) recurrent. No difference in operation duration or difficu..

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