Allograft heart valve sterilization: a six-year in-depth analysis of a twenty-five-year experience with low-dose antibiotics.


At the Prince Charles Hospital, from a 25-year experience with allograft heart valves (1969 to 1994), a 6-year analysis from March 1988 to August 1994 of the contamination rates and efficiency of a short-duration, low-dose antibiotic sterilization protocol was made. This analysis covered 642 collections and 680 aortic and pulmonary valve implants. Tissue… (More)