Information About Rare Bacterial Infection
All patients who underwent cardiac procedures during the time period of potential risk were notified by BIDMC in December 2016.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) are investigating reports that the Stöckert 3T
Heater-Cooler System — a device used by hospitals across the nation to heat
and cool the blood during surgery — has been linked to a rare bacterial
infection caused by Mycobacterium chimaera, a type of bacteria known as
nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM).
The CDC estimates the risk to be less than one percent. BIDMC acted quickly
after notification of this issue to eliminate the use of the Stöckert 3T
Heater-Cooler System. Out of the thousands of patients who have had
open-heart surgery at BIDMC, we are not aware of a single patient who has
developed this infection.
Patients who underwent open cardiac procedures during the time period of
risk received a letter from BIDMC in December 2016 with more information.
BIDMC has also established a special phone line to respond to specific
questions: (617) 975-9770
More information is available on the