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Contaminated Heater-Cooler Devices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently notified state health departments that a heater-cooler device used during cardiac surgery may have been contaminated with a bacteria during the manufacturing process. The heater-cooler device, Sorin/Stockert 3T, has been linked to Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimera), infections in cardiac patients.

New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), along with the New Jersey Hospital Association, has been in contact with the hospitals in the state that perform cardiac surgery. Of the 18 hospitals in New Jersey that perform cardiac surgery, 16 use or have used the Sorin/Stockert 3T heater-cooler device. NJDOH has recommended that hospitals notify all patients who had cardiac surgery where the Sorin/Stockert 3T machine was used.

While the risk is low, patients who have had cardiac procedures in facilities that used the Sorin/Stockert 3T device should monitor themselves for symptoms. M. chimaera is a slow growing bacteria and symptoms may not appear for months or years after surgery. Persons who have undergone cardiac surgery at hospitals that used the Sorin/Stockert 3T device should discuss any changes in their health with their health care provider.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH)



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