Session Added on Heater-Cooler-Related Infections

n light of recent findings tracing Mycobacterium chimaera infections to heater-cooler devices used in cardiac surgery, a special symposium has been added to the program to help attendees better understand the cause of these infections and develop measures to lower the risk of occurrence. To date, M. chimaera infections have been reported in six European and North American countries.

“Although these infections are rare, it is extremely important for all cardiac surgeons and their health care teams to take the necessary steps related to heater-cooler devices,” said STS President Joseph E. Bavaria, MD. “Cardiothoracic surgeons are committed to offering a safe environment for their patients, and this symposium will offer the latest information and strategies necessary to mitigate the risks.”

The session will include a scientific abstract presentation and a panel discussion featuring cardiothoracic surgeons and infectious disease experts. In November, STS and several other societies issued a joint statement to the worldwide cardiothoracic community offering resources and other information from government entities and health care providers. To learn more about the heater-cooler situation, go to

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