MORE THAN 6 IN 10 PATIENTS WITH DEVICE INFECTIONS MAY BE UNDERTREATED OR NOT TREATED AT ALL. WHERE DOES THIS NUMBER COME FROM?
Worse, every year thousands of patients die as the result of an underdiagnosed or undertreated device infection. Unless an infected device, including its leads, is completely removed, the patient will likely develop endocarditis and may die.
THIS EDUCATIONAL CONTENT IS INTENDED FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS ONLY. CARDIAC DEVICE REMOVAL MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR SOME PATIENTS DEPENDING ON INDIVIDUAL HEALTH FACTORS. TREATMENT DECISIONS SHOULD ALWAYS BE BASED ON THE JUDGMENT AND EXPERTISE OF A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL. IF YOU ARE A PATIENT WITH QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT AN IMPLATED CARDIAC DEVICE, PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN.