Infection rates of external ventricular drains are reduced by the use of silver-impregnated catheters

  title={Infection rates of external ventricular drains are reduced by the use of silver-impregnated catheters},
  author={M. Lajcak and Volkmar Heidecke and Katharina Haude and Nikolai G. Rainov},
  journal={Acta Neurochirurgica},
External ventricular drainage (EVD) placement for temporary cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) diversion is a frequent therapeutic procedure. Several types of EVD catheters are currently available, some of which have an antibacterial effect. This study compares the rates of CSF infections in patients with different types of EVD catheters. This is a retrospective study of 403 patients with a total of 529 implanted EVDs. We analyze the occurrence of EVD-associated infections, microbiological diagnosis… CONTINUE READING


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