Valley Center Home Health Care: Heart Devices Increase Infection Risk

Home Caregivers In Valley Center Heart DevicesThe miracles of medical technology have saved the lives of millions of people over the years, and perhaps none of these are as awe-inspiring as the devices that regulate heart activity. It is not uncommon any more for in-home caregivers in Valley Center to encounter seniors with pacemakers or defibrillators permanently implanted in their bodies, keeping their heart working normally. As the number of these devices increases, however, a new study shows that infection accompanies them too often.

The Infection Problem

 Introducing a manmade object into the human body is always a tricky job, and doctors must make sure that the body is able to incorporate the device in question into its functioning. Another risk, though, is that the foreign object could be carrying disease-causing bacteria or debris that, once inside the body, could spread an infection. The most serious danger in this case is that the infection could affect the heart’s valve, causing it to stop working properly.

How To Combat Infections

 Believe it or not, when infection occurs under these circumstances, it is usually easier to take the device back out of the body than to simply treat the problem with an antibiotic under the direction of nurses or in-home caregivers. Obviously, the costs related to these types of procedures are very high, not to mention the physical strain on patients. As in other areas, the best cure is prevention—doctors and nurses must take every precaution to ensure that heart devices are perfectly sterile when they are implanted.

Surprising Statistics

Surprisingly, there is a high rate of infection among device recipients. During the fifteen-year period from 1993 to 2008, as the use of heart devices increased drastically, infections caused by the devices grew by more than double. Our hope is that results like this will prompt experts to find better ways to prevent this serious, life-threatening problem.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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