Ventricular assist device (VAD) related infection, specifically driveline infection, is a common complication after VAD implantation. A 45-year old patient with a delayed skin infection at the site of the original driveline nearly one year after VAD inactivation and surgical driveline burial was treated with antibiotics and surgical debridement for approximately six months. Continued discharge at driveline site and growth of methicillin susceptible Staphylococcus aureus resulted in the recommendation of explantation of the VAD. Post-VAD explantation, the patient remains symptom free and without infection 21 months following explant.
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Laughey, Brian; Eyadiel, Lauren; and Pisani, Barbara
"Cutting the Cord: A Case of Late Presenting Driveline Infection,"
The VAD Journal: Vol. 6(1)
Available at: https://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/vad/vol6/iss1/5