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What Regulatory Agencies Have to Say About NTM in Your Heater-Cooler Device

By CSZ, A Gentherm Company On Feb 8, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) Infections

A common concern during cardiopulmonary bypass surgery is the possibility of NTM contamination of the water in the heater-cooler unit used to control the temperature of the patient and the blood going through the membrane oxygenator. As indicated in this FDA Safety Communication, Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) is widespread in nature, including tap water, and is not typically dangerous.

However, complications have been found when present in cardiac procedures with immunocompromised patients or seriously ill patients. This CDC Alert notes that specific heater-cooler devices have been associated with these infections.

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Topics: Heater-Cooler Devices, NTM Infections

NTM Infection: A Perfusionist’s Point of View

By CSZ Medical On Aug 1, 2017 10:30:00 AM

CSZ, A Gentherm Company, has recently initiated a podcast series entitled, Sub-Zero, A Patient Temperature Podcast. It is designed to address current issues impacting patient temperature control activities and to help enlighten healthcare professionals, and the healthcare facilities they work in, regarding topics associated with providing therapeutic patient temperature control.

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Topics: NTM Infections

NTM Infections and Heater-Cooler Devices in the OR

By CSZ Medical On Feb 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It was 2015 when the airborne transmission of NTM - nontuberculous mycobacterium from heater/cooler units used in open-heart chest surgery were cited as the cause of postoperative infection. The FDA issued its safety warning October 15, 2015 “…to heighten awareness about infections associated with heater-cooler devices and steps health care providers and health facilities can take to mitigate risks to patients.”

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Topics: Heater-Cooler Devices, NTM Infections

*This article is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for the medical judgment of a physician in evaluating patients. For more information, please review the information sources referenced in this article. For more information on CSZ, please visit our website or call us at 1-800-989-7373.