Newspaper article The Canadian Press

London, Ont., Hospital Warns Heart Patients May Have Been Exposed to Infection

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

London, Ont., Hospital Warns Heart Patients May Have Been Exposed to Infection

Article excerpt

Heart patients warned to watch for infection

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LONDON, Ont. - About 2,200 patients who had open heart surgery at a southwestern Ontario hospital are being warned they face an extremely low risk of infection.

London Health Sciences Centre says the patients were potentially exposed to a bacteria during their procedure due to devices used to heat and cool blood during open heart surgery.

The London, Ont., hospital says safety alerts issued to hospitals across North America indicate some of the units have been linked to a Mycobacterium chimaera infection.

Dr. Michael John, the hospital's director of infection prevention and control, says the risk of infection is less than one per cent and notes that "the risks of not having the surgery far outweigh the risk of infection. …

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