3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuits Allege Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler Device Places Patients At Risk For Deadly Infection When Exposed During Heart Surgeries
As 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuits continue to be filed around the country another warming has been sent out for possible exposure to bacteria from surgical heater-coolers. The Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System has joined other medical facilities in warning heart surgery patients for a possible risk of infection from a contaminated Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler device. Wright & Schulte LLC has been monitoring activities from health care facilities that have used the heater-cooler devices made by LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH). LivaNova is currently defending itself in 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuits from patients alleging exposure to a rare bacteria called nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM), specifically M. chimaera bacteria (M. chimaera) from contaminated 3T heater-cooler devices used during open-chest surgeries.
The Minneapolis VA Health Care System sent letters to over 1,400 veterans, according to KARE11, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis. In its December 5 letter, the VA urged patients to schedule an appointment with their health care provider if they had NTM symptoms such as night sweats, muscle aches, weight loss, fatigue and unexplained fever. The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed two cases of NTM infections due to the 3T heater-cooler device, and said over 10,000 Minneapolis patients were possibly exposed to the bacteria between 2012 to 2016. In addition to the Minneapolis VA, the Mayo Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, and Baystate Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts have sent similar warning notices over the past month.
[kare11.com/news/investigations/va-warning-veterans-of-infection-risk-from-contaminated-equipment/376255350, December 22, 2016]
“It appears that more medical facilities are following the Centers for Disease Control’s directive and notifying patients of their potential exposure to the life-threatening bacteria,” says Wright & Schulte.
The firm is currently offering free 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuit evaluations to those who believe they or their loved ones 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.
Last October, the CDC advised hospitals that used Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler devices to notify patients of the potential exposure to NTM infections. The CDC also urged heart patients to seek immediate medical attention if they experience any symptoms including:
• Muscle aches
• Night sweats
• Unexplained fever
• Unexplained weight loss
• Redness, heat, or pus around a surgical incision
According to the CDC, it can take months for infection symptoms to develop.
Approximately 60 percent of heart bypass procedures performed in the United States use 3T heater-cooler devices, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Heater-cooler devices are used during surgeries involving the heart, lung, and chest to keep patients’ blood and organs at a specific temperature during the procedures. The temperature-controlled water in the tanks of the device does not come in direct contact with patients. However, contaminated water can enter parts of the device or transmit airborne bacteria through the device’s exhaust vent into the environment and to the patient. The CDC indicates that some of the Stöckert 3T heater-cooler devices might have been contaminated during the manufacturing process.
Court documents show a 3T heater-cooler lawsuit has been filed against LivaNova PLC on behalf of a South Carolina man who had a coronary artery bypass grafting procedure in March 2014 in which a heater-cooler device was used. According to the complaint, the plaintiff started to experience pain, swelling, tenderness and a “lump” that had developed in the area of the incision site. In August 2014, the plaintiff was re-admitted to the hospital and underwent an Irrigation and Debridement procedure. He underwent another I&D procedure seven days later and a muscle flap and wound vac placement. It was discovered after these procedures that he had contracted the NTM confection. The 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuit alleges that patients are placed at an “unreasonable risk of injury” due to the “defective and unreasonably dangerous design” of the heater-cooler device. (3T Heater Cooler Lawsuit Case No. 6:16-cv-03129, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina)
About Wright & Schulte LLC And Filing A 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit
Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced personal injury firm with experience in 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 today by calling 1-800-399-0795 or through yourlegalhelp.com.
Wright & Schulte LLC
865 S. Dixie Dr.
Vandalia, Ohio 45377