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Open heart surgery devices may be contaminated, US health officials warn

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5581 (Published 17 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5581
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

US health officials have warned healthcare providers and patients of the potential risk of infection from contaminated devices commonly used in open heart surgery.1 The devices, Stöckert 3T heater-coolers, made by LivaNova (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH), have been used in both Europe and North America.

The warning was issued after investigators found that the devices, which provide temperature controlled water to heart-lung machines during open heart surgery, had been contaminated by the bacterium Mycobacterium …

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