An infection of the incision for a pace maker is a serious matter because the bacteria can travel from the incision to the pace maker and than to the heart, where fatal things may happen. Normally when the incision is badly infected and serious it is treated by intense antibiotic treatment with a IV drip.Oral antibiotes are not sufficult.
This drip my be with selected antibioltics for many hours a day or 3 to 5 days.
How do I know? I get my incision infected by touching it. I did not know any better. The doctors were very concerned at the end. If I do not survive who would pay the hospital bill.
Infection of surgical wounds can occur. Despite paying careful attention to surgical details and sterile procedures, infection often occurs after pacemaker implantation. The prophylactic use of intravenously or orally administered antibiotics should therefore be considered. Pacemaker infection ranges from mild local pain and erythema to life-threatening septicemia. The most common pathogens are coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus Gram-negative enteric bacilli and mixed infections.
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