Factoids: Patient Impact Information

Device Replacements Nearly Double the Infection Risk

In an independent study from Leiden University, of the 451 patients that underwent a device replacement, 9.1% had a complication or infection. Of those with complications, 66% experienced a major complication that required reoperation. Furthermore, Investigators found that replacement doubled the risk for pocket-related surgical reintervention.



Device Replacements Infection Rates

The infection rate for new device implants is <1% whereas risk increases to 2.6 to 7% after device replacements.4,5

Doubled risk for pocket-related surgical re-interventions
3,161 ICDs, 38 months follow-up

  • 2.5 times increased risk for infection
  • 1.7 times increases risk other complication
  • Need for re-intervention increases with every consecutive replacement

The role of physicians in moving to value-based models and navigating the Affordable Care Act

Brad Sutton, MD, MBA, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, University of Louisville


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