Important Information About CDC Report on Heater-Cooler Devices Used in Open-Heart Surgery
UPDATE: As of December 28, 2016, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is pleased to announce that the Sorin Stöckert 3T heater-cooler units have been fully replaced with Cardio Quip heater-coolers. These new machines use an alternate water system pathway that eliminates air pockets and have an easily accessible water tank for inspection and cleaning. All Sorin units have been removed from service. Jefferson will continue to follow all recommendations from the CDC and FDA as it relates to heater-cooler units to minimize risk of infection for our patients.
Providing high quality and safe care is Jefferson’s top priority. Recently, the CDC and FDA published concerns regarding Sorin Stöckert 3T heater-cooler devices which are used during open-heart surgery and have been linked to a very specific infection in the Mycobacterium family at other hospitals in several states. The Sorin Stöckert 3T heater-cooler device is used at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has followed and continues to follow all recommendations from the CDC and FDA as it relates to heater cooler units to minimize any risk of infection.
Further we immediately reviewed the records of all potentially exposed patients for the last four year time period and no infections of this nature have been identified at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Out of an abundance of caution and in view of the potentially long incubation period of this infection, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital will be reaching out to patients who underwent open-heart surgery within the past four years. The symptoms of this infection are nonspecific and include redness, heat, or pus around a surgical incision, night sweats, muscle aches, weight loss, fatigue or unexplained fever. If you had open heart surgery at Jefferson within the last four years and are experiencing symptoms or if you have questions, call the office of cardiothoracic surgery at 215-955-6996.
UPDATE: As of December 28, 2016, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is pleased to announce that the Sorin Stöckert 3T heater-cooler units have been fully replaced with Cardio Quip heater-coolers.
PLEASE NOTE: Aria-Jefferson Health and Abington-Jefferson Health have never owned or used these devices.
For more information, visit the CDC Alert website or the FDA Alert website.
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