Microbial Contamination of Heater/Cooler Units: M. Chimaera and Beyond

      Background: Fatal post-surgical infections with Mycobacterium chimaera have occurred when aerosols generated by heater/cooler units contaminated the surgical field during open heart surgery. This observational study assessed colonization of heater/cooler units by non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), primarily M. chimaera, before and after decontamination.
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