Antibiotic Envelope Makes Device Implantation Safer

Now there’s less risk of infection from getting a pacemaker or defibrillator.

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Every year 1 to 1.5 million people receive a cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED)—a pacemaker, biventricular pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator—to help manage their heart rhythm. Despite the use of sterile technique and pre-procedure antibiotics, 1% to 4% of patients develop an infection from the device. Today, an absorbable antibiotic envelope is helping to prevent such infections. […]
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