Driveline exit-site care protocols in patients with left ventricular assist devices: a systematic review

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Koken Z. O., Yalcin Y. C., van Netten D., de Bakker C. C., van der Graaf M., Kervan U., ...More

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIO-THORACIC SURGERY, vol.60, no.3, pp.506-515, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 60 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/ejcts/ezab195
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.506-515
  • Keywords: Left ventricular assist device, Dressing, Driveline, Driveline infection, Protocols, Care, OCTENIDINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE, POVIDONE-IODINE, DRESSING CHANGE, WOUND CARE, CHLORHEXIDINE, INFECTIONS, PREVENTION, IMPACT, SKIN
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


OBJECTIVES: Driveline infections continue to be a significant complication following left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. Driveline exit-site care is crucial for the prevention of infections; however, there are no uniform guidelines. The goal of this study was to provide an overview of the currently published driveline exit-site care protocols in patients with LVAD.