Infections in Cardiopulmonary Bypass Temperature Controllers
A major contributor to the spread of Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) infection was the use of contaminated tap water in blood temperature management devices. The FDA executive summary titled “Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) Infections Associated with Heater-Cooler Devices (HCD) during Cardiothoracic Surgery” states,
“..infections have been traced to the presence of the organism in the water reservoirs of heater-cooler devices; and through aerosolization, the NTM contaminated water is dispersed outside of the device into the ambient air of the operating room…”
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The Hemotherm® CE blood temperature management system, offered by Cincinnati Sub-Zero, uses only distilled water and does not produce any mycobacterial aerosolization outside of the device. Learn more about the patient and perfusionist benefits of the Hemotherm® CE from a Cincinnati Sub-Zero representative.