Open Heart Surgery Infections - Medical Professional Information
If you have a clinical question pertaining to one of your patients, or if you have a patient who requires additional evaluation for potential exposure to this bacteria, please call us toll-free at (866) 217-2970. One of our nurse case managers will then connect you to a clinician at our specialized NTM clinic.
for important clinical guidance from WellSpan Infectious Disease Specialists.
Do you have a patient who requires monitoring or treatment related to this issue?
If you are treating a patient who may have been exposed to this bacteria during open-heart surgery at WellSpan York Hospital, we want to help ensure that patient has all the information, treatment and care they need related to this issue.
That’s why we have provided the following resources to you and other physicians across our communities:
Ongoing communication regarding how best to care and treat these patients:
Dedicated clinical and staff resources regarding treatment and billing questions related to this issue:
Dedicated NTM clinic for patients who require follow-up monitoring and/or treatment:
- If your patient requires further follow-up or treatment related to this issue, our clinicians at WellSpan Infectious Disease Specialists are here to help.
- Through our special NTM clinic, we offer comprehensive medical evaluations, which include documenting clinical history, conducting a focused physical examination, and, if clinically appropriate, providing laboratory testing.
- The clinic evaluations are recommended for patients who had the following specific procedures:
- Tissue or mechanical heart valves,
- Vascular grafts, or
- Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs).
- If your patient had one of these procedures between Oct. 1, 2011 and July 24, 2015, and he/she has not yet been evaluated by a WellSpan Infectious Disease clinician, please call (866) 217-2970 to schedule an appointment.
Additional resources and information related to this issue:
"Astute clinicians paired with quick action to engage public health agencies has led to the identification of a firm link between patient infections and these devices. The collaborative work between public health officials and WellSpan York Hospital has helped provide critical data and evidence for national action."
- Dr. Joseph Perz, Lead Epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
State and Federal Resources Regarding NTM Bacteria and Heater-Cooler Units
European Resources Regarding NTM Bacteria and Infections in Open-Heart Surgery Patients
Information Regarding an NTM Outbreak at Greenville Health System in South Carolina
This webpage is intended only for patients of WellSpan York Hospital and their physicians. If you are a WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital open-heart patient, or you are a physician/APC of a WellSpan Good Samaritan open-heart patient, please visit our dedicated NTM webpage at www.WellSpan.org/NTM.