Impact of antibiotic- and silver-impregnated external ventricular drains on the risk of infections: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

@article{Cui2015ImpactOA,
  title={Impact of antibiotic- and silver-impregnated external ventricular drains on the risk of infections: A systematic review and meta-analysis.},
  author={Zhenwen Cui and Baofeng Wang and Zhihong Zhong and Yuhao Sun and Qingfang Sun and Guoyuan Yang and Liuguan Bian},
  journal={American journal of infection control},
  year={2015},
  volume={43 7},
  pages={e23-32}
}
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE External ventricular drainage (EVD) is one of the most common and effective procedures in neurosurgery practice. However, catheter-related infection (CRI), which is associated with significant mortality and morbidity, plagues this procedure. We evaluated the efficacy of antibiotic-impregnated EVD (AI-EVD) and silver-impregnated EVD (SI-EVD) catheters compared with plain EVD catheters for the prevention of CRI. METHODS The authors performed an independent search of… CONTINUE READING
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