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Alternative Antibiotic Strategy Modestly Improves Cardiac Device Infection Rate

from Healio

A novel antibiotic strategy lowered the infection rate in patients undergoing surgery related to implantable cardiac devices, but the difference compared with the usual care IV cefazolin alone was not significant, according to new data from the PADIT trial. The alternative antibiotic strategy consisted of a single preoperative dose of IV cefazolin and vancomycin, an intraoperative bacitracin pocket wash and oral cephalosporin for two days after cardiac device surgery. more

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