3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuits Allege Cardiac Surgery Patients Exposure To Contaminated Surgical Devices Causes Life-Threatening Rare Bacterial Infections.
3T Heater Cooler lawsuit attorneys are looking into a new study after researchers detected a potentially deadly bacteria in Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler units in Australia and New Zealand. Australian researchers are urging a global sharing of information about contaminated units to improve responses to mycobacteria outbreaks. In the United States, outbreaks of a rare bacteria called nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM), specifically M. chimaera bacteria (M. chimaera) have already been linked to 3T Heater-Cooler devices. As a result, 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuits are growing against heater-cooler manufacturer LivaNova PLC, (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH) on behalf of patients experiencing joint pain, unexplained weight loss, muscle aches, surgical wound infections, fatigue, and other signs of NTM infections allegedly developed from contaminated 3T Heater-Cooler units.
Between May 2015 and July 2016, researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia obtained a total of 48 M. chimaera isolates from across Australia and New Zealand, 43 from Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler units and 5 from patient samples. All isolates underwent whole-genome sequencing. One isolate, in particular, that was grown from the bone marrow of a cardiac surgery patient was identical to two isolates taken from a single heater-cooler unit used in the facility where the patient underwent two surgeries. The patient’s M. chimaera genome data was comparable to the mycobacteria reported in tests of heater-cooler units in the Northern Hemisphere, the study showed. In a Letter to the Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers noted that their observations “highlight the potential for global dissemination of contaminated medical devices.” As a result, there is value in “combining high-resolution molecular analysis and public sharing of sequence data to improve responses to outbreaks that have potential public health importance.”
The 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC note that men and women in the United States, as well as globally, are at risk for developing life-threatening infections from NTM bacteria growing in water tanks of 3T Heater-Cooler machines used during open-chest surgeries.
“Studies from researchers around the world continue to show how contaminated heater-cooler devices place patients lives at risk,” says Richard Schulte, co-founder of Wright & Schulte LLC.
The firm continues to offer free 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuit reviews to men and women who believe they may have sustained a serious infection from a contaminated heater-cooler device. 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.
Heater-cooler units are used to keep patients’ blood and organs at a specific temperature during surgeries involving the heart, lung, and chest. In October, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised hospitals to warn patients about their potential exposure to the NTM bacteria from 3T Heater-Cooler devices. As hospitals were in the process of notifying thousands of patients about the issue, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration directed health care facilities to immediately remove any Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler devices and accessories that tested positive for M. chimaera bacteria.
As filings of 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuits continue nationwide, a federal judicial panel will consider a petition on March 31 to transfer 15 pending complaints and all future cases to the District of South Carolina. The plaintiffs petitioning the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation for consolidation said the 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuits have common questions of fact and similarly allege NTM infections from contaminated heater-cooler units cause plaintiffs to suffer, night sweats, high fever, muscle pain, pneumonia, and other complications, including death.
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