Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada



Cardiac Surgery Infection Risk Update

In October 2016, the St. Boniface Hospital and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's Cardiac Sciences Program began notifying adult patients who had open heart surgery in Winnipeg since 2012 about a potential infection risk related to their surgery. Patients who received a pacemaker or defibrillator, cardiac catheterizations, or angioplasties are not at risk.

Letters were sent out to patients who had surgery and may have been affected. There was also information in the media and a special phone line was set up to receive calls from patients or physicians who had questions. A Nurse Practitioner responded to each message.

As of the end of March 2017, there have been no confirmed cases of the infection in Winnipeg.

At this time, the special phone line has been disconnected.
We encourage you to discuss any symptoms or questions you may have with your family doctor.

Click to see the information for patients:

· Letter to patients

· FAQs

Click to see the information for health care providers:

Letter to health care providers

Screening algorithm

Please note again, the special phone line referred to in the letters linked above has been disconnected.


CDC Advises Hospitals to Alert Patients at Risk from Contaminated Heater-Cooler Devices Used during Cardiac Surgery

Heater-Cooler Devices - Risk of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections

© 2016 WRHA Cardiac Sciences Program, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Updated 31/10/16



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