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.

Patients or those who have concerns or further questions are welcome to contact Daniel Noel, director of surgical and cardiovascular services clinical operations at the hospital, at 812-376-5614 or by emailing dnoel@crh.org.

Through a partnership with Indiana University Health cardiovascular, Columbus Regional Health offers cardiothoracic surgery, as well as interventional cardiology procedures, such as angioplasty and stenting, implanting pacemakers and defibrillators, electrophysiology studies and ablation. Services are offered through the Heart and Vascular Center.