7:00 AM CST, December 10, 2012
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Four patients at Cedars-Sinai had to undergo extra surgeries after a doctor infected them during surgery, hospital officials said.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center released a statement Friday saying that one of its surgeons infected five patients.
According to the hospital, the surgeon had a skin inflammation at the time of surgery.
Ultimately, tears in his surgical gloves allowed bacteria from his hand to pass into the patients' hearts.
Four of the patients needed second valve replacement operations.
Officials said the infect was an unusual occurrence. The surgeon, whose name was not released, was not allowed to operate again until he was healed.