Response to rare infection risk from open heart surgery equipment

Mycobacterium chimaera and heater-cooler devices

14 December 2016

NSW have provided updated health for NSW clinicians regarding Mycobacterium Chimaera and Heater-Cooler Devices.

Key points

  1. Contamination of LivaNova (Sorin) heater-cooler devices with Mycobacterium chimaera has been associated with serious infections post open cardiac surgery in many countries.
  2. Affected LivaNova (Sorin) heater-cooler devices have been used in Australia but the risk to individual patients is thought to be very low.
  3. Consider the possibility of M. chimaera infection in patients presenting 3 months to 5 years post cardiac surgery with symptoms of unexplained infection

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