The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning patients about contaminated heart surgery devices. According to the health officials, special devices used for open heart surgery could have been contaminated with bacteria. Patients are at a very high risk and their lives are in danger.
It Seems that LivaNova PLC Stocker 3T heater-cooler devices have been infected before being used in surgeries. The bacteria is called Mycobacterium chimaera. Those of you who had open heart surgeries in the past months should go to a doctor. If you have night sweats, pains or fever, you are in great danger. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is advising people not to wait because they can even die due to this infection.
It is possible that the hospital will contact you. Health officials requested that hospitals and doctors should talk with the patients who are at risk and inform them about the danger. If the infection is treated in time, there will be no reason to worry. Moreover, hospital staff should check what type of heater-coolers they are using. This way, they will be able to prevent other infections to spread.
It will be a situation difficult to handle because every year in the United States there are more than 250 000 people who need heart surgery devices. This one is supposed to keep the blood circulating while the doctors are doing the surgery.
The biggest issue is that almost 60 percent of heart procedures were made with the contaminated heart surgery devices. Hospitals are trying to discover all the patients who used these tools. The risk of getting an infection is about 1 in 100. If you need more information, go to your doctor or contact the hospital where you had your surgery done.
The patients who are possible to be infected should not be afraid. If it is discovered in time, the virus can be treated. You just have to go as soon as you can to your doctor and explain to him what happened. The hospital should also know about your infection.
Health officials are hoping that no patient will have to suffer due to those heart surgery devices. However, people are not happy about the news. They feel like the hospital was responsible for the devices. Unfortunately, many people get infected while being in the hospital.
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