3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit Seeks Class-Action Status For Exposed Iowa Patients

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3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuits Allege Contaminated Devices Expose Patients To Life-Threatening Bacterial Infections causing serious complications and even death

A recently filed Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuit seeks class-action certification on behalf of all patients in Iowa who were exposed to a potentially fatal bacteria during open-heart surgery at two hospitals. This federal lawsuit mirrors others being filed nationwide on behalf of individuals who claim they developed life-threatening bacterial infections from contaminated 3T Heater-Cooler units. The complaints allege patients who develop infections from the nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) bacteria suffer joint and muscle pain, extreme fatigue, surgical wound infections, unexplained weight loss and other serious complications and even death.

The Iowa man said in his complaint that he was exposed to NTM in June 2016 during an open-heart surgery in which a Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler system was used. According to the complaint, two Iowa hospitals notified about 4,100 patients who had heart, lung or other surgical procedures between January 1, 2012, and July 1, 2016, that they may have been exposed to NTM infections, namely M. chimaera and M. abscessus. The complaint seeks medical monitoring to screen for NTM infections in the plaintiff and potential class members. The lawsuit also asks the court to declare the Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler system defective and unsafe for its intended use. The complaint was filed on May 31 in the District of Iowa. (3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit Case 4:17-cv-00191, U.S. District Court, District of Iowa)

The attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced personal injury law firm, have been monitoring reports of patients developing NTM infections allegedly due to Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler devices. “We continue to speak with men and women nationwide who allege that they were exposed to the NTM bacteria and want to know the legal options available to them,” says Wright & Schulte LLC,

The firm is currently offering free 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuit evaluations to those who believe they or their loved ones may have developed a potentially fatal NTM infection, including M. chimaera bacteria (M. chimaera) or Mycobacterium abscessus (M. abscessus). To learn more, please contact Wright & Schulte today by calling 1-800-399-0795 or through our information page and contact form on yourlegalhelp.com.

Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler units are used to regulate patients’ blood temperature during cardiothoracic surgeries. Heater-cooler devices have water tanks that provide temperature-controlled water to external heat exchangers. Although the water does not come into direct contact with the patient, there is the potential for contaminated water to enter other parts of the unit or transmit bacteria through the air through the device’s exhaust vent into the environment and to the patient, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
[fda.gov/medicaldevices/safety/alertsandnotices/ucm466963.htm]

In October, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention told hospitals to notify patients who underwent open-chest surgery involving a 3T Heater-Cooler unit that the device was potentially contaminated and could place them at risk for the life-threatening NTM infection.[emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00397.asp]

Patients may not immediately realize that they have been exposed to the slow-growing bacteria because it can take months for NTM infection symptoms to develop, the CDC says. Patients are advised to seek immediate medical attention if they experience:

• Muscle aches
• Night sweats
• Unexplained fever
• Unexplained weight loss
• Fatigue
• Redness, heat, or pus around a surgical incision

In October, the FDA advised healthcare providers to immediately remove any heater-cooler devices and related components that tested positive for M. chimaera or have been associated with known M. chimaera patient infections.
[cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p1013-contaminated-devices-.html]
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm520191.htm]

About Wright & Schulte LLC And Filing A 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit

Wright & Schulte LLC is an experienced personal injury firm representing clients in such cases as 3T heater-cooler lawsuits. The firm is dedicated to the belief that America’s legal system should work for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright & Schulte LLC stand up for the rights of people across the country who have been injured by medical devices and defective products. To learn more, please contact the 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit Attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC today by calling 1-800-399-0795 or through yourlegalhelp.com.

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