3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuits Allege Heart Surgery Patients Are At Risk Of Life Threatening Infections After Exposure To Mycobacterium Chimaera Bacteria.
Attorneys representing clients in 3T Heater-cooler infection lawsuits are reviewing a new study involving the contamination of 3T heater-cooler units used in cardiac surgeries. The study found most Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler units made in the past eight to 10 years are more than likely to be contaminated by the Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera) bacteria. Heart surgery patients who have become seriously ill after exposure to the life-threatening non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM), specifically the M. chimaera bacteria, have filed 3T heater-cooler lawsuits against LivaNova PLC, (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GMBH) and hospitals where the open-chest surgeries occurred.
Researchers in Denmark investigated all heater cooler units in that country, according to a study published ahead of the March 2017 print edition of the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal. Researchers found M. chimaera in 18 of the 21 heater cooler units examined in all five thoracic surgery departments in Denmark. Of the four sites that used Sorin 3T Heater-Coolers, M. chimaera was found in 14 of the 16 units. The other site used Maquet Heater-Cooler units and four of the five units contained M. chimaera. Additionally, bacteria in Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler units in Denmark were nearly identical to bacteria found in the United States and the United Kingdom. Researchers suggested that “mycobacterial contamination might be a general problem for HCUs.” [wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/23/3/16-1941_article]
“This latest study, as well other published studies, confirms allegations in Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuits that contend patients were exposed to the dangerous M. chimaera bacteria,” says Wright & Schulte LLC.
The 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuit attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC are currently offering free 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuit legal evaluations to those who believe they or their loved ones may have sustained injuries from a contaminated heater-cooler device. To learn more, please contact the 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit Attorneys at Wright & Schulte today by calling 1-800-399-0795 or through yourlegalhelp.com.
3T Heater-Cooler units are used to keep patients warm or cool during surgeries involving the heart, lung and chest. The units have water tanks that provide temperature-controlled water to external heat exchangers or warming-cooling blankets through closed circuits, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Patients do not come into direct contact with water in the circuit. [fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm466963.htm]
The FDA has issued warnings about Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler devices, with the most recent one in December advising health care facilities to immediately remove units and accessories that have tested positive for the M. chimaera bacteria. In October, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directed doctors and hospitals to alert open-heart surgery patients about the potential risk of NTM infections.
Court documents indicate that Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuits accuse LivaNova PLC of placing patients at risk for NTM infections. One heater-cooler lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of a South Dakota man who underwent an aortic valve replacement in June 2015. Due to deteriorating health, he underwent a second aortic valve replacement in November 2016, and surgeons discovered a massive infection of M.chimaera. The complaint says the plaintiff is critically ill and has developed several health complications including acute kidney injury that requires dialysis. (Case 4:16-cv-04175, U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota)
Wright & Schulte LLC is an experienced personal injury firm who continually speaks with men and women from around the country injured by medical devices such as the Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler. 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 who have been injured or wronged and fight tirelessly to ensure that even the world’s most powerful corporations take responsibility for their actions. If you’re looking for attorneys and a law firm who is passionate about their clients and guarantee the aggressive and personal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Free Heater-Cooler lawsuit case evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com or by calling 1-800-399-0795.
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