CaroMont Heart

Sorin Notification

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are
investigating reports that a device used to heat and cool blood during open-heart surgery has been linked
to a rare bacterial infection called Mycobacterium chimaera. It is important to understand the chances of
getting this infection are extremely low (the current infection rate is less than 0.01%). CaroMont Health and
CaroMont Regional Medical Center have not discovered any evidence of this bacteria in our devices and
none of our patients have developed the infection. Every major hospital system in our area and the majority
of hospitals in the United States use the same equipment and are notifying their patients of this potential risk
as well.

Mycobacterium chimaera infections are very slow growing and may be difficult to diagnose. The CDC
believes it is possible to develop symptoms years after surgery, so it is important that you know the
symptoms. If you have had any of the following problems, please contact your primary care physician:

  • night sweats
  • weight loss
  • fatigue and weakness
  • unexplained fever
  • persistent cough

Please note that this infection cannot be spread from person to person.

We understand that you and your family might have additional questions or concerns about this information. Please click here to review the notification that was sent to your primary care provider.

To help answer them, we have established a hotline through CaroMont Health’s Patient Safety Department at
704.834.7233. To learn more, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov.


Sincerely,
Todd Davis, MD, MMM
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
CaroMont Health