A number of heart surgery patients treated with heater-cooler devices at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, have developed a rare bacterial infection.
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What’s the problem?
September 13, 2017 – A letter from the hospital identified the infection as Mycobacterium abscessus, and said affected patients underwent surgery from late May 2017 to July 2017, according to FOX News.
“This is the first time Children’s Hospital has experienced surgical site infections caused by mycobacterium, an environmental contaminant that is commonly found to be in water, soil and dust,” the letter said. “The infection is treatable and all patients are currently undergoing successful treatment in this hospital.”
The letter went on to state that the facility was in compliance with all health requirements, and that it was working with the state’s office of public health, CDC, and outside infection control consultants.
“Because a common element in the affected children was open-heart surgery requiring the use of cardiopulmonary bypass, our investigation focused on the environment and equipment used in the cardiac operating room,” the letter continued. “We believe a piece of equipment used to regulate the temperature of patients while on bypass is the most likely source of this infection, and all suspected equipment has been removed from service and replaced.”
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