Horizon warning about possible post-open heart surgery infection at NBHC

April 20, 2017

Horizon Health and the New Brunswick Heart Centre are notifying open heart surgery patients about a potential, but very low infection risk.  A device used to heat and cool blood during those surgeries, of which the centre has three, has been linked to a rare bacterial infection.  Preliminary tests were positive, but after being worked on they’ve been negative.  People who underwent the procedure between November 2012 and November 2016 have a less than one in 1000 infection risk.

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