May 30, 2017
Alfred H. Stammers, MSA, CCP, SpecialtyCare’s Director of Clinical Quality and Outcomes Research, spoke to attendees at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery’s (AATS) Centennial Meeting earlier this month in Boston. During a session titled “Heater-Cooler-Induced Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Infections: An Emerging Public Health Concern,” Al discussed what perfusionists are, and should be, doing to mitigate the risk of NTM infections. The symposium was a collaboration between the AATS and the 55th International Conference of the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology (AmSECT).
Al is a leading authority on NTM associated with heater-cooler devices. In 2016, he was one of two perfusionists invited to sit on the FDA’s Circulatory Devices Panel that investigated the NTM outbreak. Along with Jeffrey B. Riley, MHPE, CCP, CCT (Mayo Clinic), Al authored a report that appeared in AmSECT’s Journal of ExtraCorporeal Technology. The report summarizes the NTM outbreak and includes important information on ways to limit the risk of patient infections.
NTM infections associated with heater-cooler devices used during cardiothoracic surgery have a long latency period and can be lethal. Cardiothoracic surgeon awareness and understanding of this issue is critical in helping to mitigate the risk and enable a timely diagnosis and treatment of patients confronted with this emerging public health concern.
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