Important Information regarding Open-Heart Surgery Infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently discovered that a heater-cooler device used during open-heart surgery may have put some patients at increased risk of an extremely rare bacterial infection. Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) infection has been found in a small number of cardiac care patients whose surgery involved the use of the heater-cooler device.

While there have been no reported cases of infection at Hackensack University Medical Center the possibility of infection is low, our top priority is always the health and safety of our patients. We take reports of potential bacteria exposure very seriously and have proactively reached out to any open-heart surgery patients who have had a procedure performed between October 2012 and October 2015. We are working in close coordination with the New Jersey Department of Health and the CDC on this matter and are alerting physicians and staff to be vigilant for infection symptoms in post open-heart surgery patients. This website is part of our effort to reach patients and provide them with important information regarding this issue.

Hackensack University Medical Center has followed recommended guidelines and addressed the cause of the bacteria.

Patients who are experiencing symptoms such as night sweats, muscle aches, weight loss, fatigue or unexplained fever should contact Hackensack University Medical Center at (551) 996-2131.


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