CDC Advises Hospitals to Alert Patients at Risk from Contaminated Heater-Cooler Devices Used during Cardiac Surgery

PUBLISHED: Nov 2, 2016

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a Health Alert Notice to patients and hospitals regarding the risk of infections from Stöckert heater-cooler devices used during open-heart surgery. See the StayAlert! Notice published on October 14, 2016 for more information.

The CDC has now published a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document to assist hospitals notifying patients at risk from contaminated heater-cooler devices used during cardiac surgery. The FAQ document is a part of the CDC’s overall Notification Toolkit which also offers modifiable sample notification letters to aid in alerting clinicians and patients about the risk of infection from contaminated heater-cooler devices used during cardiac surgery.

In the FAQ document, the CDC recommends that hospitals consider notifying patients in writing if they were exposed to the Stckert 3T devices during open-chest cardiac surgery at their institution since January 1, 2012.

Follow the links below to access the Notification Toolkit which includes the FAQ document.

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