The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating reports of infections caused by an antibiotic-resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria in patients who had surgery at Grand View Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico during or after August 2018. As part of this investigation, poor infection control practices were identified at the hospital, including failure to appropriately clean and disinfect surgical instruments. As a result, patients may have been exposed to other bacterial infections and bloodborne infections (transmitted through exposure to blood).
The UDOH and CDC recommend that travelers to Mexico not have surgery (including weight-loss surgery) at Grand View Hospital in Tijuana. Neither the UDOH nor CDC has authority to assure quality of care or patient safety in Mexico or any international hospitals. Patients considering surgery in foreign countries should consider the associated risks. Contact the Healthcare-Associated Infections/Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) Program at 801-538-6191 for more information.
Last updated 06/19/19