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Implementation of Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship in Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratories: Results from the SHEA Research Network

  • Preeti Mehrotra (a1) (a2), Kalpana Gupta (a3) (a4), Judith Strymish (a2) (a3), Daniel B. Kramer (a1) (a2), Anne Lambert-Kerzner (a5) (a6), P. Michael Ho (a5) (a6) (a7) and Westyn Branch-Elliman (a1) (a2) (a3)...


Infection prevention in electrophysiology (EP) laboratories is poorly characterized; thus, we conducted a cross-sectional survey using the SHEA Research Network. We found limited uptake of basic interventions, such as surveillance and appropriate peri-procedural antimicrobial use. Further study is needed to identify ways to improve infection prevention in this setting.


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Address correspondence to Preeti Mehrotra, MD, MPH, 110 Francis Street, Boston MA (


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