Heater-cooler device contamination
It has recently been determined that there is a risk to cardiac surgery patients from potential contamination of one type of heater-cooler device (manufactured in Germany by
The organism concerned is a bacterium called Mycobacterium
Therapeutic Goods Authority latest advice:
What has SA Health done to address this issue?
SA Health has alerted all hospitals and cardiac surgeons to the possibility of contamination of these devices, requesting that all devices
In South Australia, two devices were located at Flinders Medical Centre, with additional affected units at Flinders Private and Ashford Hospital.
SA Health has determined that it is prudent to notify all potentially exposed patients of the very small risk that
Information for patients
SA Health has developed a fact sheet (PDF 289KB) for patients containing the answers to some commonly asked questions.
Information for clinicians
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued a Safety Alert and a Medical Devices Update in recent months to alert clinicians of the problem and outline actions that should be taken to reduce the risk of post-operative infection.
SA Health has developed a fact sheet for clinicians (PDF 420KB) that summarises the issue and the mitigation strategies.
For further information, contact the Infection Control Service via e-mail Health.firstname.lastname@example.org