Study findings indicate that an increased scrutiny of surgical outcomes has contributed to an approximately 30% decline in valve surgeries for infective endocarditis, regardless of patients’ injection drug use status — an “unintended consequence” of implementing public reporting of outcomes for aortic valve surgery, researchers said.
“There has been an increase in the incidence of injection drug use-associated infective endocarditis (IDU-IE) disease due to the opioid epidemic, and valve surgery is frequently indicated in many of these patients,” said Infectious Disease News Editorial Board Member Raghavendra Tirupathi, MD, FACP, medical director of Keystone Infectious Diseases/HIV, chair of infection prevention at Summit Health and clinical assistant professor of medicine at Penn State University School of Medicine.
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