Silver-impregnated, antibiotic-impregnated or non-impregnated ventriculoperitoneal shunts to prevent shunt infection: the BASICS three-arm RCT

In this study (n=1605), use of antibiotic-impregnated shunts was associated with a lower rate of infection than standard shunts (HR 0.38; 97.5% CI 0.18-0.80), with a saving of £135,753 per infection avoided. There was no reduction seen for silver-impregnated shunts.


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