So what could possibly be the good news, regarding this particular deadly strain of hospital-acquired infection? Well, they ‘ve identified the strain; the cause and where it’s happening. And that’s cool.
What’s the bad news? They’re not about to tell you in WHICH hospitals you might be exposed to it. And how cool is that?
Because that’s the way ‘healthcare’ works, you see. When it comes to the really bad stuff, they hide things. They last thing healthcare wants is transparency. An educated citizen is healthily skeptical, and there is no money in good health, is there?
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has announced that they now believe at least 3 – and likely 4 – cases of bacterial infection that happened recently during open heart surgeries – can be legitimately traced to specific hospitals.
Each of the patients who were infected by what is known as Mycobacterium Chimaera bacteria had undergone open-chest operations.
But L.A. County Health officials will not advise the public which hospitals are involved. They are simply attempting to mitigate the impact of the infections by saying that none of these patients have died. Well that’s civil of them, isn’t it?
How many of them are seriously ill? Answer/ You don’t have a right to know.
Health Department research reveals this particular bacterial infection is linked to the use of a patient heating/cooler device called the LivaNova 3T. And at least 71 infection cases have been linked to this surgical tool that is now used all over the world.
Heater-cooler devices are used in surgeries involving the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other chest organs. They warm or cool surgical patients by providing temperature-controlled water to external heat exchangers or to warming/cooling blankets through closed water circuits.
On October 13, 2016, the FDA issued a warning about the link between the use of the Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler System in open heart surgeries, and Mycobacterium Chimaera infections.
The health department reports they are working with local hospitals which have confirmed these infections, in order to implement more effective prevention methods.
L.A. County Health said this:
“We have communicated with all hospitals in Los Angeles County that have used these devices to assess compliance with the Centers for Disease Control recommendations.”
Unfortunately, here’s what they didn’t say – but should have. So we’ll take this opportunity to advise our readers here:
Mycobacterium Chimaera is a slow-growing bacteria. A patient’s infection may not become apparent until years after surgery. You can be seriously at risk and not know it.
Nonetheless, according to Los Angeles County Health Department, YOU have no right to know which hospital surgical suites are responsible.
Bottom line: Modern healthcare and transparency are not synergistic.
Here’s a look at this infection: