Open Heart Surgery Infections


WellSpan York Hospital, working collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has confirmed a small number of extremely rare bacterial infections in certain open-heart surgery cases at the hospital. The CDC has linked these infections to the heater-cooler devices used during these surgeries. WellSpan York Hospital has since thoroughly addressed the cause of the bacterial occurrence. There is currently no risk of bacterial exposure at WellSpan York Hospital. In an effort to ensure the safety of patients, the hospital has notified approximately 1,300 open-heart surgery patients of possible exposure to this bacteria during open-heart surgery procedures performed between Oct. 1, 2011 and July 24, 2015.

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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