Hospitals or providers caring for patients with confirmed or suspected NTM infections following heart bypass procedures are asked to contact the North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH) at 919-733-3419. All identified cases should also be reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) via MedWatch here. NC DPH is available to assist facilities should further investigation be necessary.
NC DPH recommends that hospitals performing heart bypass procedures follow CDC and FDA heater-cooler guidance in this CDC Health Advisory. NC DPH will work with facilities that perform cardiac bypass procedures using the implicated devices to encourage notification of potentially exposed patients and adherence to CDC and FDA recommendations.
Recommendations may change as new information becomes available. Additional information is available from CDC and FDA at the following sites: