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Infection Rates from Heater-Cooler Devices Found to be Higher Than FDA Estimated

A Pittsburgh researcher released a study in June that found a shockingly high rate of mycobacterium chimaera contaminating heater-cooler devices used across the United States, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Heater-cooler systems are used to warm or cool patients’ bodies during open chest surgery. Mycobacterium chimaera is a rare, but deadly, form of bacteria causing […]

Maquet HCU Heater-Cooler Devices Linked To Bacterial Infections

Maquet is a medical device company that manufactures the Maquet HCU Heater-Cooler System — a controversial device that has recently been linked to harmful bacteria. Heater-cooler systems are used during open-heart surgery and other medical procedures to warm or cool patients as necessary. The heater-cooler devices feature water tanks that transport temperature-controlled water to external […]

Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm Heater-Cooler Devices Linked To Bacterial Infections

Cincinnati Sub-Zero is a medical device company that manufactures the Cincinnati Sub-Zero Hemotherm Heater-Cooler System — a controversial device that has recently been linked to harmful bacteria. Heater-cooler systems are used during open-heart surgery and other medical procedures to warm or cool patients as necessary. The heater-cooler devices feature water tanks that transport temperature-controlled water […]

Terumo HX2 Heater-Cooler Devices Linked To Bacterial Infections

Terumo is a medical device company that manufactures the Terumo HX2 Heater-Cooler System — a controversial device that has recently been linked to harmful bacteria. Heater-cooler systems are used during open-heart surgery and other medical procedures to warm or cool patients as necessary. The heater-cooler devices feature water tanks that transport temperature-controlled water to external […]

LivaNova Heater Cooler Devices Linked To Bacterial Infections

LivaNova is a medical device company that manufactures the LivaNova 3T Heater-Cooler System — a controversial device that has recently been linked to harmful bacteria. Heater-cooler systems are used during open-heart surgery and other medical procedures to warm or cool patients as necessary. The heater-cooler devices feature water tanks that transport temperature-controlled water to external […]

South Carolina University Board Members Discuss Heater-Cooler Infections

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Members of the governing board of the Medical University of South Carolina expressed concerns Thursday that hospital staff are still using equipment that may cause heart bypass patients to develop severe bacterial infections, according to the (Charleston) Post and Courier. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the […]

Business Founder Dies of Heart Infection Linked to Heater-Cooler Device

David R. Inners, who owned a business in Hanover, Pa., and was also a bicycling enthusiast, died of a rare heart infection that has been connected to a device used during open heart surgery. His name was revealed in a lawsuit. Inners, 62, was the owner of DRI Machine Shop Inc., which he opened in […]

Lawsuit Filed After Four Die From Heater-Cooler Bacteria

A class-action lawsuit claims four people died from the same surgical equipment used at local hospitals. Carolinas HealthCare System sent warning letters to thousands of its patients, according to WSOC-TV. The bacteria, known as mycobacterium chimaera, is already blamed for four deaths at Greenville Health System in South Carolina in July 2014, according to the […]

Heater-Cooler Infections Reported in Australia, New Zealand

Add Australia and New Zealand to the list of countries affected by Mycobacterium chimaera infections from contaminated heater-cooler devices for cardiac surgery. Researchers there reported genetic pointers to the same source seen in many U.S. and European cases, according to MedPage Today and the American Heart Association. The problem with these slow-growing nontuberculous mycobacteria first […]