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Staph outbreak caused by surgeon

December 11, 2012

LOS ANGELES — A doctor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center operated on heart patients with staph bacteria on his hands last June, according to KNBC-TV.

surgeonThe doctor, whom the hospital declined to name, performed five heart valve replacement operations on patients with inflammation on his hands, the article stated.

According to the article, while the doctor wore gloves, those gloves developed microscopic tears that allowed the infection to pass onto the patients, causing all five to become infected.

"We have apologized to the patients involved, worked diligently to answer any questions they have and provided appropriate follow-up support and monitoring," a spokesman for the hospital said in a statement.

While the doctor involved in the outbreak remains a part of the hospital's staff, he is no longer performing surgeries, the article noted.

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