Heart surgeon’s infected hands infect patients with staph

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Date: December 10th, 2012

Category: Nutty News

LOS ANGELES, California – Officials at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center say a heart surgeon unwittingly infected five patients during valve replacement surgeries earlier this year.

The Los Angeles Times reports the infections occurred after tiny tears in the surgeon’s latex surgical gloves allowed bacteria from a skin inflammation on his hand to pass into the patients’ hearts.

Four of the patients needed a second operation and are still recovering.

Hospital officials tell the Times the infections were caused by an unusual confluence of events: the nature of the surgery, the microscopic rips in the gloves and the surgeon’s skin condition.  Full Article

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