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The development of many types of indwelling medical devices represents a major advance in medical science. Indeed, the use of intravenous catheters, urethral catheters, endotracheal tubes, central nervous system shunts, and other temporary devices is considered essential to modern medical care. Moreover, the use of permanent indwelling devices, including orthopedic prostheses, heart valves, vascular grafts, and intraocular lenses, has extended or greatly enhanced many lives.
Despite advances in indwelling device design and surgical technique and the availability of extremely potent antibiotics, infection remains the most devastating complication of indwelling devices. Reducing infection will require a better understanding of the pathogenesis
Infections Associated with Indwelling Medical Devices. Ann Intern Med. ;112:391. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-5-391_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(5):391.
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