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OBJECTIVES The incidence of surgical site infection (SSI) after open vein harvesting in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) patients ranges in different studies between 2 and 20%. Triclosan is an antibacterial substance that reduces the growth of bacteria by inhibiting fatty acid synthesis. We hypothesized that wound closure with triclosan-coated sutures(More)
BACKGROUND Prophylactic local application of collagen-gentamicin sponges for prevention of sternal wound infections (SWI) after cardiac surgery has been used routinely in risk patients for several years at our center. However, a recent US study failed to show a significant reduction in SWI with the prophylaxis. Therefore, a systematic reevaluation of the(More)
A 73-year-old woman with severe aortic stenosis was accepted for transcatheter aortic valve implantation. There was minimal paravalvular leakage after the implantation, and the patient was stable. Twelve minutes after the implantation, the arterial pressure suddenly dropped. Transesophageal echocardiography showed severe left ventricular dysfunction.(More)
The aim of the present study was to compare microbial skin sealant versus bare skin on the leg regarding intraoperative bacterial presence in the surgical wound and time to recolonization of the adjacent skin at the saphenous vein harvesting site. A second aim was to evaluate the incidence of leg wound infection 2 months after surgery. In this randomized(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative heart failure remains the major cause of death after cardiac surgery. As N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a predictor for postoperative heart failure, the aim was to evaluate if preoperative NT-proBNP could provide additional prognostic information to the recently launched EuroSCORE II. METHODS A total of(More)
Surgical site infection is a common complication following cardiac surgery. Triclosan-coated sutures have been shown to reduce the rate of infections in various surgical wounds, including wounds after vein harvesting in coronary artery bypass grafting patients. Our purpose was to compare the rate of infections in sternotomy wounds closed with(More)
INTRODUCTION Cat bite infections usually involve a mix of anaerobic and aerobic bacteria including species of Pasteurella, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Bacteroides, and Fusobacterium. We report a case of Pasteurella multocida infection from cat bites leading to endocarditis and subsequent aortic valve replacement. PRESENTATION OF CASE A 70-year-old male(More)