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Contaminated heater-cooler units facilitate invasive nontuberculous mycobacteria infection

Contaminated heater-cooler units facilitate invasive nontuberculous mycobacteria infection
May 10, 2016

Contaminated heater-cooler units employed during cardiopulmonary bypass procedures appear to have facilitated a cluster of invasive nontuberculous mycobacteria infections among cardiothoracic surgery patients, according to recently presented data.

“Our investigation established an association between serious infections of a slow-growing bacteria and open-heart surgery involving heater-cooler units — temperature-regulating devices used during cardiac surgeries requiring cardiopulmonary bypass,” Meghan Lyman, MD, epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC, told Infectious Disease News. “Microbiology testing suggested that patients became infected during open-heart surgery because the device caused aerosolization of the bacteria.”

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