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CDC warns of possible patient damage from post-surgery infection

Indiana residents who need care at a hospital will undoubtedly trust the medical professionals treating them. Even with that trust, there should be vigilance with any treatment that they are receiving. This is because a patient can become a victim when there is a medical error. These types of mistakes can lead to injury, long-term damage and even death. It is after this has happened that the victim and his or her family needs to be aware of the steps to take to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Patients who underwent heart surgery across the U.S. might have faced exposure to a bacteria that can lead to infection. This stems from a particular machine that is used by hospitals while performing a heart bypass. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there is a low risk for infection, but patients are being told that they could be in danger. The machine is used to circulate cold water and cool the heart whole the surgery is being done. This is to avoid damage to the heart.

The CDC found that an error during manufacturing might make the device prone to spreading bacteria. The spread of bacteria is a risk with heaters and coolers to begin with. The infection is known as the nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM). Thousands of Indiana residents have been informed that they are at risk. Recent surgery patients are at higher risk than those who had the procedures several years ago. Symptoms include loss of weight, feeling fatigued, loss of appetite, and night sweats. This infection needs months of treatment and can even result in fatality.

When there is a medical mistake or issue after a patient has had surgery, the family might not realize that it was due to a flaw in the equipment or a mistake on the part of the medical staff. In this case, warnings have been issued to those who had a heart bypass that a piece of equipment might cause a potentially fatal infection. Those who have been harmed because of this machine or any other mistake involving medical care need to understand the importance of contacting an attorney to discuss a legal filing as soon as possible.

Source:, "Hospitals alerting patients of infection risk," Laura Kennedy, Dec. 26, 2016

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