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Being Coldhearted has its Consequences: Heater-cooler units-associated Mycobacterium chimaera infections

Date:Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 1030 PT, 1130 MT/SK, 1230 CT, 1330 ET, 1430 AT, 1500 NL
Duration: 1.00 hour

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Please join us as Dr. Marc-Andre Smith describes the evidence supporting transmission of Mycobacterium chimaera by heater-cooler units during open heart surgery.  He will provide description of the epidemics and clinical picture of cases to support counseling of peers/patients, and list and discuss available mitigation strategies


Marc-Andre SmithMarc-Andre Smith MD FRCPC trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases and medical microbiology at Université de Sherbrooke, Québec.  He received fellowship in infection prevention and control at Sunnybrook’s Health Sciences Centre, Toronto.  In addition he has a master’s in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety from the University of Toronto.  Currently, Dr. Smith is an infectious diseases physician and medical microbiologist at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal (affiliated to Université de Montréal), with a special interest in infection control and antimicrobial stewardship.  

Made possible through the generous sponsorship of Clorox