clear
Monday September 25th, 2017 5:53AM

Child heart patients treated for surgical infection

By The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least a dozen children who had heart surgery at Children's Hospital New Orleans between late May and July have infected incisions, apparently from contaminated equipment.

The infections were linked to a machine that regulates a patient's temperature during heart surgery, said Dr. John Heaton, the hospital's senior vice president and chief medical officer. The machine was replaced and patients are responding to intravenous antibiotics, he said.

He said 55 children had heart surgery between those days, and the hospital wrote and phoned all of their families. Seven of the 12 patients were identified through that outreach, he said. Heaton said a handful who have had only a phone screening so far will see doctors this week in northwest Louisiana.

The hospital began investigating after doctors reported three incision infections within 72 hours, all in children who had heart surgery at Children's, Heaton said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes the bacteria in question on its website as common in water, soil and dust. It says contaminated medical devices can infect the skin and soft tissues under the skin.

Heaton said that the bacteria were quickly identified as mycobacteria, leading investigators to check out the heating and cooling unit because such units had been linked to other outbreaks.

Doctors at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, reported this year that 12 of 24 patients who were infected between December 2014 and June 2015 had undergone heart surgery in an outbreak that ended when sterile water was used in bypass machines' heater-cooler units. The germ, called Mycobacterium abscessus, was the same as that at Children's.

The Food and Drug Administration reported last October that a certain model of bypass machines' heater-cooler units had been linked to infections with a related germ, Mycobacterium chimaera. That model was used at Children's Hospital.

Heaton said the hospital previously had used tap water in its unit but followed those FDA guidelines and, among other things, switched to filtered water. It has now replaced that model with one made by another company, he said.

The hospital is paying for treatment of the infections and related costs, such as parents' hotel rooms and meals, he said.

Since the infection was transmitted from hospital equipment, neither the patients nor their insurance companies should pay, he said.

"We're picking that up and making it right. ... We're going to try and make this as bearable as possible," he said.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Health, AP Health - Children's Health, AP Business
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Apple unveils $999 iPhone X with facial recognition
Apple unveils $999 iPhone X with facial recognition
5:42PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Big holdup for borrowers claiming for-profit college fraud
Education Department holding up decisions on claims of fraud against for-profit college student fraud
5:39PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Aleppo still badly scarred by war, months after rebel defeat
Eight months after Syrian government forces recaptured eastern Aleppo from the rebels, many scars remain throughout the city
5:36PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Study shows hormone pills don't shorten older women's lives
The longest follow-up study yet on menopausal hormone pills suggests they don't shorten older women's lives
11:39AM ( 6 hours ago )
Appalachian poor, left out of health debate, seek free care
The sick and poor in Appalachia are flocking to free health clinics
7:39AM ( 10 hours ago )
Bangladesh hospital struggles to cope with Rohingya wounds
Overwhelmed Bangladesh hospital struggles to cope with violent injuries inflicted on Rohingya fleeing Myanmar
8:47PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Health
Michigan woman forgoes cancer treatment to have sixth child
A western Michigan woman has given up the opportunity to prolong her life in order to give birth to her sixth child
3:06PM ( 4 days ago )
Obstacles await as Congress resumes health care fight
Slender Republican hopes to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law are just one health care issue awaiting Congress
10:31AM ( 1 week ago )
Votto homers, gives bat, jersey to 6-year-old cancer patient
A 6-year-old cancer patient sitting in the front row at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati got a couple of neat souvenirs after Joey Votto hit a home run against the Mets
6:13PM ( 1 week ago )
AP Health - Children's Health
Danica Patrick done at Stewart-Haas after '17, future unsure
Danica Patrick is done at Stewart-Haas Racing over sponsorship issues
5:18PM ( 30 minutes ago )
The Latest: Apple may bring facial recognition to mainstream
Apple watchers say the company's new Face ID technology could help revolutionize facial recognition and bring it to the mainstream
4:43PM ( 1 hour ago )
Judge tosses charges against Amtrak engineer in deadly wreck
A judge has dismissed criminal charges against the engineer in an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people
4:43PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
Apple unveils $999 iPhone X with facial recognition
Apple unveils $999 iPhone X with facial recognition
5:42PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Big holdup for borrowers claiming for-profit college fraud
Education Department holding up decisions on claims of fraud against for-profit college student fraud
5:39PM ( 9 minutes ago )
Aleppo still badly scarred by war, months after rebel defeat
Eight months after Syrian government forces recaptured eastern Aleppo from the rebels, many scars remain throughout the city
5:36PM ( 11 minutes ago )
FEMA estimates 25 percent of Florida Keys homes are gone
Federal emergency officials are estimating 25 percent of the homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed by Hurricane Irma
5:26PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Senate GOP struggles with deficit in work on budget, taxes
The Republican Senate leader and members of the Budget Committee are scrambling to come up with a budget deal to clear the way for the first tax overhaul in three decades
5:24PM ( 23 minutes ago )