Oct. 24, 2016

To Our Open-Heart Surgical Patients:

As a leading community provider in cardiac care, Tucson Medical Center is committed to your health and wellness.  We are notifying you that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised hospitals nationwide to alert patients who have had open heart surgery with the use of a specific surgical device to be aware of potential infection risk.

This device, known as Sorin Stockert 3T, was used in some of TMC’s open-heart cardiac cases and has been linked to a rare bacterial infection caused by Mycobacterium chimaera. The CDC estimates the risk of infection to be very low and no patients have cultured positive at TMC for this organism in the last four years.

This infection is very slow growing and it is possible to develop symptoms years after surgery, so it is important that you share this notification with your surgeon or your primary care doctor.

We understand that you and your family may have additional questions or concerns about the information you have received. Click here for a question-and-answer sheet from the Centers for Disease Control.

For further information, please contact your surgeon and primary care provider, or if you are unable to reach them, call TMC Administration, (520) 324-2535.

Sincerely,

Judy Rich
President & CEO