The CDC And FDA Working Together To Prevent Further Infection From Medical Device
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The CDC and FDA have issued an advisory to hospitals, asking them to notify
patients who underwent open-chest surgery involving a Stöckert 3T
heater-cooler due to a possible contamination of a deadly
infection. Last year, a Pennsylvania hospital identified a cluster of invasive NTM
infections among patients who had undergone open-heart surgery. Cases
in Iowa and Michigan have also been confirmed.
The CDC has asked hospitals that use this device currently or in the past
to communicate with potentially exposed patients. The CDC is also asking
hospitals with a history of using the device to increase awareness among
The devices causing the infection have been linked to a manufacturer, LivaNova
PLC. These devices were likely contaminated with the rare bacteria Mycobacterium
during manufacturing. Delays in diagnosis can further complicate a patient’s
clinical management. Therefore, the CDC and the FDA are working together
to spread awareness and work to inform providers and patients about the
risk of infection associated with the use of the 3T device.
Providers and patients should be notified that symptoms take months to
show. Diagnosing the infection can be difficult and requires special analysis.
Many of these types of infections are easily untreated and worsen a patient’s
chance of battling the infection. The CDC has a complete list of symptoms
that patients and providers should look for. To find out more about this
contamination and who is at risk, visit the CDC or FDA websites.
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you contaminated at a hospital, medical facility, or use of a medical
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