Heater and cooler in one

During many surgeries, including open-heart surgery, a medical device called a heater-cooler is used to raise or lower the body temperature of the patient.  However, heater-coolers made by Sorin, now LivaNova, called the Stockert 3T, can spread infection to patients.  If they become contaminated, these devices can pass mycobaterium chimaera, or M. Chimaera for short, which can cause nontuberculous mycobaterium infections, or NTM.

bacteria

Both the FDA and CDC have issued warnings about the risk of mycobateria infections while using Stockert 3T heater-coolers.

These devices may have been in use at Adena Hospital in Chillicothe, Ohio, among other hospitals in Central Ohio.

What does it mean to me:

Symptoms of mycobaterium infection may not show up for several weeks, but include fatigue, cough with blood, difficulty breathing, joint or muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, night sweats, and weight loss.

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Another reason not to like needles

 

The CDC is warning that a spinal steroid injection given for back pain has been tainted with a fungus.  This injection has been linked to at least 7 deaths already with many more cases under investigation.

There is a fungus among us.

The steroid at issue is methylprednisolone acetate.  A sealed vile was contaminated with the fungus aspergillus meningitus.  The steroid was used across several states, including Ohio.  Click here for a list of all the states and facilities where the tainted steroid was used.

What does this mean to you:

If you or a loved one had a spinal steroid injection at Ortho-Spine Rehabilitation Center in Dublin, Ohio, the Marion Pain Clinic or Back Pain Specialists, both in Marion, Ohio, or Cincinnati Pain Management in Cincinnati, Ohio, please contact your doctor to confirm you did not receive the contaminated steroid.