Heart Health

18 August 2010

Antibiotic Sponges Don't Benefit Heart Surgery Patients: Study

U.S. research finds no improvement in infection rates during trial

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However, this new study by Duke University Medical Center researchers found that the sponge doesn't reduce the risk of sternal wound infections. The study included 1,502 heart surgery patients enrolled at 48 U.S. sites between December 2007 and March 2009. Half were randomly selected to receive two gentamicin-collagen sponges between the sternal halves when their surgical incision was closed, while the other half received no sponges.


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