Infections Associated with Indwelling Medical Devices, Third Edition

Editors: Francis A. Waldvogel1, Alan L. Bisno2
Affiliations: 1: Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland; 2: Department of Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center Miami, Florida
Content Type: Monograph
Format: Electronic, Hardcover
Publication Year: 2000

Category: Clinical Microbiology

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Indwelling prosthetic devices such as catheters, heart valves, vascular bypass grafts, ocular lenses, artificial joints, and central nervous shunts have become a common and indispensable part of medical care. The development and implantation of prosthetic aids and materials are likely not only to continue but also to increase in the near future. Associated with these prosthetic materials is an increased risk of infection after implantation.

Completely revised and rewritten, the third edition of this best-selling volume reviews the available information about these infections. This new volume covers the physical factors responsible for bacterial adherence; the molecular and genetic basis of adherence of staphylococci; new clinical problems; novel therapeutic or preventive approaches, such as treatment of ambulatory-care prosthetic material-associated osteomyelitis; identification and therapy of infected dental implants; and prevention and treatment of catheter-related infections.

offers an exhaustive and comprehensive treatment of the complex problems related to medical-device infections and will be a valuable reference for clinicians and researchers.

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 Infections Associated with Indwelling Medical Devices, Third Edition

19 May 2015

This second edition provides an all-encompassing presentation of the microbiologic, biorheologic, and clinical solutions that underlie the biomechanic development of infections in patients with prosthetic devices or foreign bodies.


It is intended to provide a scientific basis and rationale for understanding these stubborn infections and offer a broad substrate of basic microbiological and physical data from which further studies can be devised.


It is intended to provide a scientific basis and rationale for understanding these stubborn infections and offer a broad substrate of basic microbiological and physical data from which further studies can be devised.


This is a worthy contribution to the somewhat splintered literature on infections associated with indwelling medical devices. It brings together in one volume basic and clinical investigators who have made valuable contributions to the field, a description of the biomechanics and rheology that is unique to infections with these devices, and also provides excellent clinical insights by established clinicians on the clinical syndromes that result from the use of prosthetics in human medicine. The chapter on "Infections Caused by Intravascular Devices Used for Infusion Therapy" is especially good. It has several very worthy graphic features. The photo illustrations are of excellent quality and include scanning electron micrographs with pedagogic value, not just theatrical interest. The tables and charts are concise, valuable, and supplement the text. There are several color photographs of excellent quality. The overall appearance of this book is quite above average. The only deficiency, and it is minor, is a less than complete index that will force the reader to do more general reading within a chapter to find a specific topic of interest. Because almost all the chapters in this book are outstanding, this probably has some hidden benefits!


This book is highly recommended to infectious disease and critical care practitioners. I also believe that it would be a unique way for bioengineers to gain an appropriate clinical perspective to this serious problem, the solution to which, ironically, rests with them and not with physicians.

Reviewer: John A. Robinson, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)

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