Patients who have recently had open heart surgery are at particular risk of developing a life-threatening infection, according to the latest release from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC).Specialists found that contaminated devices trigger this particular risk for affected patients. So a device for cooling seems to be to blame for the increased risk of infection.
Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in their study in the United States that open heart surgery patients are at a particularly high risk of developing infection. The CDC warned in a press release that contaminated devices in cardiac surgery can lead to such an infection.
If you develop an infection after heart surgery, seek medical attention immediately
If you recently had open heart surgery and are now developing the symptoms of an infection, You should urgently see a doctor, say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts. These symptoms include, for example, heavy sweating during the night, weight loss, abdominal pain, fatigue, fever, muscle or joint pain, nausea and vomiting. Since such symptoms can be the result of a variety of diseases, the infections could be difficult to detect, the researchers warn. A medical device commonly used in cardiac surgery appears to be more contaminated and cause infection. However, it may take months, or in some cases even years, for these symptoms to appear, the experts add.
Many cases of contaminated coolers in 2015
Last year, there were at least 28 cases in the United States in which bacteria from a particular device in surgery were involved in the induction of an infection, explain the physicians. The cases were found, for example, in Pennsylvania, Iowa and Michigan. So-called Stöckert 3T heating radiators are used in many operations on the heart. However, if this device becomes contaminated during manufacture, it can cause life-threatening infections. The cooling device is designed to keep patients' blood and organs at a safe temperature during open heart surgery, CDC specialists say. The medical community estimates that approximately 60 percent of all so-called cardiovascular procedures in the US use such a device.
Medical professionals are at increased risk of infection
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff suspect thataffected equipment during the manufacturing process in Germany. In hospitals where an infection has already occurred, the risk of infection during surgery was between about one in a hundred cases and one in a thousand cases, add the physicians.
Already in 2015, there were infections in European patients
The US Food and Drug Administration( FDA) had already expressed concerns about the device in October 2015.She had alerted health care providers that the affected device had been linked to infection. In July 2015, the FDA released another report that found a direct link between the infection of European patients and the specific radiator cooler.(as)