- Associated Press - Saturday, January 14, 2017

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California hospital is warning open-heart surgery patients that they may have been infected with dangerous bacteria.

Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena sent warning letters last month to patients who had surgery in the past four years.

The hospital and many others around the country use a blood heating and cooling device that’s been linked to dozens of infections. Some patients have died.

However, the Los Angeles Times says (https://lat.ms/2jJFIt0) Huntington hadn’t found any patients who were sickened as of Friday.

Federal officials have said the risk of infection is relatively low but patients can become ill years after their operations.

Authorities say people who’ve had open-heart surgery should seek medical care if they have muscle aches, night sweats, weight loss, fatigue or unexplained fever.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide