The role of intravenous catheters in cardiovascular implantable electronic device infections: Identifying potential targets for prevention

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Abstract

Infections related to cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) are increasing in prevalence and carry substantial morbidity and mortality. Complications involving peripheral intravenous catheters resulting in CIED infections have not yet been investigated and may pose an important risk factor. We report 5 cases of CIED infection related to documented complications of peripheral vascular devices.

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