Implantable antibiotic-laced sponges reduce sternal infections in cardiac surgery

11 junio 2015

Cardiac surgeons often «crack open» the flat bone that forms the middle front section of the chest, known as the sternum, in order to reach important structures. When a sternal wound infection (SWI) occurs, serious complications and even death may result. Implanting antibiotic-laden sponges between the sternal halves before closure has been adapted to prevent infections. While a recent report questioned this practice, a meta-analysis clearly established that the sponges do work.