At least 3 patients in California have developed a life-threatening infection linked to heater-cooler devices used during open-heart surgery.
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What’s the Problem?
February 8, 2017 – All 3 patients underwent open chest cardiac surgery in the same Los Angeles County hospital with a Sorin Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler system, a medical device the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned in June 2016 could increase the risk of infection in heart surgery patients.
Health officials are currently investigating a fourth patient infection at another area hospital that may also be linked to the device, according to Benjamin Schwartz, acting director of the county’s acute communicable disease control program.
“It would be inaccurate to say these were the only hospitals where risks occurred,” Schwartz said. “The infections have occurred months or years following surgery.”
About 60% of heart bypass surgeries in the U.S. involve use of the Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler, which helps keep a patient at a specific temperature during the procedure. Unfortunately, dozens of patients treated with the device have been infected with nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) bacteria, including some who died.
Health officials have talked to 24 hospitals in LA county that use the Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler. The two hospitals that reported the infections may have worked harder at trying to find patients who were sickened, and that other facilities may have undiagnosed infections, according to Schwartz. He said most of the hospitals are notifying patients who could be at risk.
Some hospitals have switched to heater-cooler devices manufactured by other companies. Officials have advised those continuing to use the Stӧckert 3T to inform patients before their surgery that they are using a device linked to infections.
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