Baystate to notify heart surgery patients of infection risk

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Baystate Medical Center in Springfield will notify up to 1,800 cardiac surgery patients of a potential infection risk.

Baystate says a heater-cooler device known as the Stockert 3T was used during open-heart surgeries between 2012 and February of this year and is no longer used during the surgeries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified it as the source of bacterial transmission at hospitals in the U.S. and in Europe.

The FDA recently issued a warning saying bacteria can grow inside the machine and spread throughout.

Baystate says no patients have acquired an infection linked to the device as of Wednesday, and the odds of such are low.


It says the hospital is following the CDC’s guidance when it comes to notifying patients about the potential infection.


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