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Plast Reconstr Surg. 1998 Dec;102(7):2425-30.

Salvage of externally exposed ventricular assist devices.

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Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass 02115, USA.


Although externally exposed ventricular assist devices are associated with extremely high mortality rates, salvage may be accomplished by early aggressive wound debridement, transposition of a well-perfused autologous tissue (such as omentum), dead space obliteration, and adequate external coverage using vascularized tissue. The temporary suppression rather than the total eradication of the infection should be the goal of these procedures.

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