Non-tuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) infections and heater-cooler devices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified a need for increased vigilance for NTM infections by health departments, healthcare facilities, and individual healthcare providers. FDA recently issued a Safety Communication on Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Infections Associated with Heater-Cooler Devices that addresses issues regarding the proper use and maintenance of these devices. CDC has been working with the FDA and local and state health departments to investigate heater-cooler units associated with NTM infections and/or found to be contaminated with NTM. 

Healthcare facilities should immediately assess their use of heater-cooler units and ensure that they are safe and properly maintained. In addition, clinical staff should maintain heightened vigilance for possible NTM infections among patients who have undergone cardiac surgical procedures that involved the use of heater-cooler devices. Visit the CDC website to learn more about the possible association between NTM infections and use of heater-cooler devices, as well as guidance on identifying patients with infection.