Management of wound and left ventricular assist device pocket infection

William L. Holman, R. Jobe Fix, Brian A. Foley, David C. McGiffin, Barry K. Rayburn, James K. Kirklin

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Our patient developed a wound infection that involved an implanted left ventricular assist device. At surgery, the pump was washed with a detergent-containing bacteriocidal solution, then antibiotic-impregnated polymethylmethacrylate beads were placed around the pump. The wound was revised using rectus muscle to cover the pump. The incisions have healed and the patient is now at home. She is on no systemic antibiotics and has no evidence of infection 11 months postoperatively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1080-1082
Number of pages3
JournalThe Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes

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