14 February, 2017

CDC Warns of Heater-Cooler Device Infection Risk

By | February 14th, 2017|Heater-Cooler|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a warning to patients and health care providers regarding heater-cooler devices used during open-heart surgery. The CDC warned that anyone who underwent this procedure [...]

8 February, 2017

Symptoms of a Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Lung Infection

By | February 8th, 2017|Heater-Cooler|

Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) may be harmless to most people, but can be deadly for those whose immune systems are compromised. If you have a weakened immune system or you recently underwent open-heart surgery involving [...]

1 February, 2017

Mayo Clinic Warns Patients of Potential Heater-Cooler Device Problems

By | February 1st, 2017|Heater-Cooler|

About 17,000 patients who underwent heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic have received notices from the hospital of a potential risk of infection. The risk is associated with a machine known as a heater-cooler [...]

26 January, 2017

Consumer Reports Article Shows Link Between Heater-Cooler Devices, Dangerous Nontuberculous Mycobacteria

By | January 26th, 2017|Heater-Cooler|

Consumer Reports recently ran an article highlighting the link between heater-cooler devices used in open-heart surgery and complications caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). These bacteria have caused severe infections in many patients, with some [...]

18 January, 2017

Why Nontuberculous Mycobacteria are So Dangerous

By | January 18th, 2017|Heater-Cooler|

Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are commonly found in soil and water and pose very little risk to most people. However, for a select few, these bacteria can be extremely dangerous – possibly even fatal. This [...]

3 January, 2017

FDA Issues Warning on Heater-Cooler Device

By | January 3rd, 2017|Heater-Cooler|

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning that heater-cooler devices used during invasive procedures such as open-heart surgery could spread potentially deadly bacteria. The agency is investigating the possibility that [...]