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    Five days after admission, the patient had become totally asymptomatic and was ambulating in the hallway. He was afebrile and his white count had returned to normal. The Infectious Diseases consultant recommended that the pacemaker leads be removed as soon as feasible. However, everyone was concerned about removing the leads early for fear that the new leads would be exposed to a statistically increased risk of infection. The use of ventricular epicardial leads was not attractive because the patient was totally pacemaker dependant and needed an atrial kick secondary to his cardiomyopathy and depressed EF.
Which one of the following would be MOST useful in supporting a delay in replacing the pacemaker leads:

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