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Deadly Infection Spread by Contaminated Heart Surgery Machines

A machine that cools and warms the blood during open-heart surgery has been linked to hard-to-treat infections in some patients, New Scientist reports. The microbe also seems to infect other machines via an airborne route in the operating room. A major concern is that, if the infection seeds a patient’s implant, the patient usually needs surgery to replace the implant since antibiotics can’t penetrate a biofilm the bacterium forms around it. Hospital-acquired infections are...

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