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Welcome to our Research Behind Infection Prevention segment, where Dr. Mohamed Yassin provides tough questions to top researchers and leaders in their field. 

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Podcast – Episode 24 


The Research Behind Preventing CIED Infections with Antibacterial Envelopes

Dr. Samir Saba & Dr. Mohamed Yassin

November 22, 2019

In this episode, Professor of Medicine Dr. Samir Saba helps explain the latest research into using antibacterial envelopes to prevent Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) infections.


Dr. Saba answers questions about two studies: The New England Journal of Medicine, “Antibacterial Envelope to Prevent Cardiac Implantable Device Infection,” May 16, 2019. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, “Real-world effectiveness of infection prevention interventions for reducing procedure-related cardiac device infections: Insights from the veterans affairs clinical assessment reporting and tracking program," 2019.  

More about Dr. Samir Saba:


Samir Saba, MD, FACC, FHRS, is

Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Division Chief of Cardiology and Co-Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Saba is a cardiac electrophysiologist by training, with extensive expertise in device and ablation therapy for arrhythmias and in lead management procedures for device infections. He is an active clinical and translational researcher who has authored more than 250 original manuscripts.


He has received funding from the American Heart Association, the National institutes of Health, the American College of Cardiology, and from industry sources. His research has focused on predictors and device management affecting sudden cardiac death.