Infected device leads to death of Dutch cardiac patients

Infected device leads to death of Dutch cardiac patients

Devices from a factory in Germany during openhartoperaties more than a hundred patients, among whom four in the Netherlands, with the dangerous bacterium Mycobacterium chimaera infected. Two of them are partly as a result thereof died.

That is apparent from an international study, led by the Radboudumc. In the Netherlands were three patients in the Isala hospital in Zwolle infected and one in the Erasmus in Rotterdam.

The infections were caused by so-called heater-cooler units, devices that during openhartoperaties the blood at the right temperature. The researchers found that the infections took place via a water tank on the device that is not hermetically closed.

The first infection was diagnosed in a patient in Switzerland, followed by Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

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