WellSpan York Hospital has confirmed that a fifth patient has died as a result of a deadly bacterial infection acquired during open heart surgery.

The patient, a 62-year-old man from Hanover, Pennsylvania, underwent open heart surgery in December 2014 at York Hospital. He was one of at least eight people who contracted the nontuberculous mycobacterium, or NTM, from machines used to heat and cool patients during open heart surgeries.

Last month, the hospital notified more than 1,300 patients who underwent open heart surgery between October 1, 2011 and July 24, 2015 about the possible exposure to the bacteria.

York Hospital has admitted that it did not clean the devices according to manufacturer guidelines. Also, it has acknowledged that it received a bulletin containing information about possible issues with the machine in August 2014, but that that information was not fully shared throughout the hospital.

If you or a loved suffered injuries as a result of York Hospital infections, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You should contact one of our leading hospital infection lawyers at Ross Feller Casey soon for a free case evaluation. Ross Feller Casey handles all its cases, including hospital infection lawsuits, on a contingency basis, so you will not pay anything until a financial recovery is made in your case.

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