Hospitals around the world have been informed of the risk of bacteria in the devices used in open-heart surgery requiring a heart-lung machine.
Affected devices may have been contaminated by the bacterium Mycobacterium chimaera during their manufacture in Germany.
In Québec, hospitals that perform heart surgery have implemented several measures to ensure the safety of their patients. These include sending out a notice to patients who have had open-heart surgery within the past 5 years. If this pertains to you, you will have received, or will soon receive, a letter from the hospital where you had your surgery.
If you had open-heart surgery but have not received a letter, verify if you are one of the patients concerned.
If you do not have symptoms, the bacterium is undetectable.
However, if you meet the following 2 criteria:
verify if you are one of the patients concerned. If you are, contact the hospital where you had your open-heart surgery.
If you had open-heart surgery and have questions or concerns regarding your health and risk of infection from the bacterium Mycobacterium chimaera, contact Info-Santé 8-1-1.
The risk of infection by the bacterium Mycobacterium chimaera is very low. The infection develops slowly and is not contagious. It is diagnosed through lab analysis (microbiology) when symptoms appear.
The infection is cured with several weeks of antibiotics.
Last update: November 4, 2016 8:49 AM
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