Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute
Christopher R. Ellis, MD, is the lead author of a study recently published in Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology about an antibacterial envelope for the prevention of infections in cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs).1 This video shows a biventricular ICD upgrade with capsulectomy. Dr. Ellis demonstrates usage of the PEAK PlasmaBlade and the TYRX Absorbable Antibacterial Envelope. For both products, he describes his algorithm and rationale for usage.
1Kolek MJ, Dresen WF, Wells QS, Ellis CR. Use of an antibacterial envelope is associated with reduced cardiac implantable electronic device infections in high-risk patients. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2013;36(3):354-361.