CRH patients not among those affected by recall

Columbus Regional Health is reassuring patients, providers and the public that the facility is not included in a recent equipment recall of a device commonly used in open-heart surgery.

Several Indiana health care facilities were notified that a device used to heat and cool blood during open heart surgery was being investigated by the Federal Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control.

The device has been linked to a potential risk of a rare bacterial infection in patients caused by nontuberculous mycobacteriumm, according to Kelsey DeClue, hospital spokeswoman.

Columbus Regional Hospital does not use the specific brand of machine that is being recalled, she said, and thus, local hospital patients are not affected.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.