Infectious Disease Clinics of North America volume 26, issue 1, P77-87 2012 DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2011.09.008 View full text
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Sophia Califano, Francis D. Pagani, Preeti N. Malani

Abstract: The left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a mechanical pump that supplements or replaces the function of a damaged left ventricle. Although LVAD support is associated with improved survival and quality of life, infectious complications remain a major limitation. The authors examine the epidemiology of LVAD-associated infections and review current diagnostic, treatment, and management strategies. Novel evidence-based approaches to infection prevention remain critical because the number of patients receiving …

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