3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuits Allege Contaminated Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler Used During Cardiac Surgery May Lead To Deadly Infection From M. Chimaera Bacteria.
As 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuits continue and the FDA issues a warning for the removal of all Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler devices and accessories that tested positive for Mycobacterium chimaera, the CDC comes out with it’s warning of infections due to the heaters used in cardiac surger. The CDC reports, patients who underwent open-heart surgery involving a Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler device are at risk of a life-threatening infection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised hospitals to tell patients that the infection may be the result of a contaminated heater-cooler device used during their surgery. Some patients have already filed lawsuits against LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH), which manufactures the Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler. The patients claim they were exposed to a rare bacteria called nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM), specifically M. chimaera bacteria (M. chimaera) because of the device.
In its October 13th alert, the CDC advised hospitals that still use the Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler to “make and execute a plan to communicate with potentially exposed patients” and to increase awareness of this issue with healthcare providers. Additionally, the CDC encourages patients to seek immediate medical care if they begin to experience symptoms that include:
• Night sweats
• Muscle aches
• Unexplained weight loss
• Unexplained fever
• Redness, heat, or pus around a surgical incision
It can take months for infection symptoms to develop in a patient. As a result, diagnosing the infection can be difficult because of the slow-growing nature of the bacteria, according to the CDC.
“It’s important for patients, doctors, and health care facilities to be aware of how contaminated 3T heater-cooler devices can devastate a patient’s life, we are speaking with to many people inquiring on 3T heater-cooler lawsuits” 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.
The CDC’s alert came as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned health care facilities to immediately remove any Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler devices that have tested positive for M. chimaera bacteria. The FDA urged health care facilities not to use heater-cooler devices for open-heart surgery that were made before September 2014 until LivaNova corrects the contamination problems.
Heater-cooler devices are used during cardiothoracic (heart, lung, chest) surgeries to keep patients’ circulating blood and organs at a specific temperature during the procedures. The devices have tanks that provide temperature-controlled water to external heat exchangers or warming-cooling blankets through closed circuits. Patients do not come into direct contact with water in the circuit. However, contaminated water can potentially enter parts of the device or transmit airborne bacteria through the device’s exhaust vent into the environment and to the patient, according to the FDA.
More than 250,000 heart bypass surgeries are performed in the United States each year that use heater-cooler devices. The CDC has confirmed infections in 28 U.S. heart surgery patients, and at least 12 people worldwide have died from the infections, CNN reported.
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Court documents show that 3T heater-cooler lawsuits are being filed against LivaNova on behalf of patients who developed NTM infections allegedly after undergoing cardiothoracic surgeries. For instance, a heater-cooler lawsuit recently filed in Philadelphia’s Common Pleas Court alleges the plaintiff suffered a stroke after developing an infection from the device that was used during his heart surgery in December 2014, according to Philly.com.
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