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Heater-cooler Infections Strike Three in Philadelphia

heater-cooler associated bacteria infection strikes three in philadelphiaA rare infection contracted during cardiothoracic surgery has struck three Philadelphia patients. A fourth has tested positive for the bacteria that causes the infection but currently shows no symptoms.

The illness, caused by bacteria known as mycobacteria, has many throughout the healthcare industry questioning the safety of heater-cooler devices. The heater-cooler, essentially a blanket with tubes running through it, uses temperature-controlled water to heat or cool a heart ...

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